Ethics and Social Justice


Ethics and Social Justice

Ventriss and Barney (2003) describe a case of whistleblowing and the importance of ethical autonomy. In the case, the authors examine how James Alderson blew the whistle on duplicitous healthcare practices committed on Columbia/ HCA which is one of the largest hospital conglomerates in the United States of America and Quorum which was a former subsidiary of Columbia/ HCA. Whistleblowing especially on a health institution is a breach of ethical. Whistleblowing is unethical activity because the target of the accusation may suffer as well as the accuser regardless whether the accusations are substantiated or not.

Whistleblowing amounts to discussing physicians with the patients or discussing the weaknesses of nurses to patients which may lead to loss of trust on the part of patients and other stakeholders. In public administration, confidentiality is very imperative especially when touching on sensitive institutions such as hospitals because of the need to maintain high level of trust (Shafritz, Russell, Borick and Wyde (2017). However, when the actions of staff members are revealed to the public it amounts to ethical breach which significantly dents the image of the accuser and the accused.



Ethics and Social Justice

Ethics and Social Justice
Subject Area
Public Relations
Additional Instructions?
week 6 public administration

Codes of honor, morals, and ethics should be the guiding forces for all organizations. Ethical dilemmas, and the ethical codes they warrant, have their roots in history. Starting with the Roman Empire and moving through to modern times, public administration—with its various hierarchies and levels of authority and power—has continued to be susceptible to ethical issues and possible corruption, both of which impact social justice. In this Discussion, you identify a contemporary public or nonprofit organization facing an ethics problem and consider how an organization might address this problem.

For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources, and select a case study (e.g., universal health care by Clemmitt, whistleblowing by Ventriss and Barney, or farm policy by Weeks). Consider what ethical breaches occurred and how they might have been avoided. Ethics and Social Justice.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post a brief description of the public administrator’s ethical issue in the case you selected. Explain the ethical breaches within the organization. Explain how this ethical issue might have been addressed to avoid an ethical breach. Use specific references from the selected case study to support your answer. Ethics and Social Justice.

Support your postings with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. Use correct APA formatting for all resources.

provide additional perspectives on ethical issues from personal experience or the Learning Resources.

Shafritz, J. M., Russell, E. W., Borick, C. P., & Wyde, A. C. (2017). Introducing public administration (9th. ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.
Chapter 5, “Honor, Ethics, and Accountability”

Clemmitt, M. (2007). Universal coverage: Will all Americans finally get health insurance? CQ Researcher, 17(12), 265–288.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Riccucci, N. M. (2007). The ethical responsibilities of street-level bureaucrats under welfare reform. Public Integrity, 9(2), 155–173.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Ventriss, C., & Barney, S. M. (2003). The making of a whistleblower and the importance of ethical autonomy: James F. Alderson. Public Integrity, 5(4), 355–368.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Weeks, J. (2012). Farm policy: Does U.S. farm policy promote unhealthy eating? CQ Researcher, 22(29), 693–716.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.