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Keywords

corporate health care, ethics, moral dilemmas, profit motive

 

Authors

  1. Mohr, Wanda K. PhD, RNC
  2. Mahon, Margaret M. PhD, RN, CPNP

Abstract

The ethos of the corporation and the urgency for profit maximization place pressures on health care corporations to act in a way that may be incompatible with ethical practice.Profit-driven incentives often result in corporate deviance and criminal behavior. Nurses may be pressured to go along with schemes that may be unethical or illegal and because of shaky job markets may be unable to adhere to professional ethical guidelines. Recent events in health care are drawn on to argue that ethical theory and research must begin to consider the issue of moral compromise of professionals as a result of deviant organizational environments.