Ethical Decision Making

Write a 1,250-1,500 word paper in which you explore decision-making methods that can be used to resolve an ethical dilemma using the scenario provided in the assigned reading, “An Unconscious Patient With a DNR Tattoo.” Describe how to use the principles of ethical decision making (reviewed in this topic) to help resolve this ethical dilemma. Address the scenario to generate your conclusions about how you would proceed.


  1. What are the dimensions of the ethical dilemma?
  3. What are the potential organizational policies to which you will refer?
  5. Analyze the situation using one of the ethical theories discussed in the textbook. Describe how one might formulate assistance to the clinical staff using this theory.
  7. Describe the importance of reasoning in the decision-making process.
  8. Considering this dilemma, describe how a Christian worldview would inform ethical responsibilities?

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Ethical Decision Making

  1. view the Ethical Decision Making PowerPoint.
  2. Read the essay “Teaching the Virtues” by Christina Hoff Somners at
  3. Review three Leadership Laws from the Maxwell Leadership Bible (2007). An Index for the Leadership Laws can be found in the back of your Bible. Consider your own personal and professional growth as you decide which laws to review.
  4. Review/ define the ethics vocabulary list found as an attachment in course materials under workshop one. Be prepared to apply the ethical theories and principles to discussions and assignments throughout the course. We need to understand and speak the language of ethics as we participate in ethical discussions.
  5. Review the PowerPoint on ethical decision making models.
  6. Access at least two of the following or other ethical resources online:
    1. Potter Box
    2. Decision Model Based on Moral Development Theory (Kristen Alley Swain)
    3. Hasted’s Bioethical Decision Making Model
    4. Kohlberg & Gilligan
    5. The President’s Council on Bioethics
    6. World Transhumanis Association
    7. American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
    8. NCBC The National Catholic Bioethics Center
    9. Six Step Ethical Decision Making Model
  7. Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the following:
    1. Post a two or three paragraph summary of your thoughts/ideas on this material and the integration of personal ethics with organizational and public ethics. 
    2. Compare and contrast the difference between basic ethics and dilemma ethics.
    3. Review of leadership laws
  8. Your initial post is due by the fifth day of the workshop.
  9. Read and respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial postings and any questions you are asked in your initial post by the end of the workshop.
  10. Use this material as you respond to various discussions and prepare work during the remainder of the course.

Ethics Vocabulary List

  • Beneficence
  • Care      Ethics
  • Causitry      approach
  • Deontological      theories
  • Duty
  • Fidelity
  • Justice—distributive      and compensatory
  • Locus of      authority
  • Metaethics
  • Nonmaleficience
  • Normative      Ethics
  • Prima      facie duties or rights
  • Primum      non nocere
  • Review      the three types of ethical dilemmas
    • Right       versus wrong
    • Wrong       versus wrong
    • Right       versus right—primary focus is on this type of dilemma
  • Teleological      theories
  • Utilitarianism
  • Veracity
  • Virtue      theory