Please review the following case:
At thirty-three years of age, I was the youngest administrator in New York State and was about to learn that adhering to company policies sometimes conflicts with the needs of patients. In this case, it was a thirty-eight-year-old employee who had been diagnosed with cancer. I remember the day well, even though it was more than thirty years ago. My secretary alerted me that Carol, a practical nurse, and employee, had been admitted to the 3-North medical-surgical week, where she worked. Without delay, I left my office and went to the nursing week and inquired about what room Carol was in.
Beth, the weekâ€™s nurse manager, overheard my question. She walked up to me and asked, â€œDaniel, could I please talk to you for a moment before you visit Carol?â€ I looked at her and nodded my head, yes, and without thought, we both walked into her office. She closed the door and said, â€œAs you know, we are self-insured and the health insurance program that we have does not cover Carolâ€™s chemotherapy treatments. She cannot bear the cost. Is there anything you can do to help her?â€ I replied that I would make an inquiry with our human resources director to see what could be done.
Beth asked, â€œWould you mind if I went with you to Carolâ€™s room for a few minutes.â€ Daniel compassionately replied, â€œOf course, you can.â€ They walked to Carolâ€™s room. Her husband and children had just left. Beth stayed for a few minutes while Daniel remained behind chatting with Carol for a few moments and saying he would be back to talk with her more.
Daniel went to speak with Christine, the human resources director for his hospital. There were two other hospitals in the multihospital system. He explained Carolâ€™s financial situation and her lack of funds for her chemotherapy treatment. Christine replied, â€œDaniel, this is a corporate policy that is applicable to all three hospitals with which we must comply.â€ Following much discussion, Daniel said, â€œChristine, Carol is an employee, and I realize there are conflicting duties here.
One is to follow corporate policy or choose to do, as I see it, what is right for Carol. If you prefer, I can request an exception to the rule. To me, right trumps duty.â€ Christine looked at Daniel and said, â€œDaniel, I will see what I can do. I have a good relationship with the corporate vice president for human resources. If anyone can make an exception, he can make it happen. I know you would do the same for me or any other employee.â€
Please address the following questions drawing support from your course resources and credible scholarly resources cited in APA format:
1. Discuss at least three potential long-term effects of granting an exception for Carol.
2. Justify the position that doing the right thing is always more important than maximizing good and defend the argument that â€œright trumps duty.â€ Be sure to provide examples from personal or professional scenarios.