Is healthcare administration about “big business?” What ethical considerations (if any) should guide administrators in making complex decisions such as those involving budgeting and staffing?

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This assignment asks students to explore the question: Is healthcare administration all about “big business?” What ethical considerations (if any) should guide administrators in making complex decisions such as those involving budgeting and staffing? Should profit be the “bottom line?” Directions: Create a 750-1000 word dialogue (like a play or movie script) describing the interaction, discussion, and debate among the following characters: The Characters: Don Smith, Administrator of Community Hospital Mary Jones, VP Nursing, a Deontologist Karl Kurt, VP Finance, an Ethical Egoist Patty Black, VP Human Resources, a Relativist Pastor Terry Green, Director of Pastoral Care, a Christian Cindy Short, VP Hospital Foundation and Community Services, a Utilitarian The Scene: The Community Hospital boardroom The Issue: In the last election, voters did not approve a referendum for a proposed Community Hospital budget increase. The hospital must now reduce the proposed budget in order to survive (otherwise Community Hospital will most likely be purchased by Goodly Healthcare, a large, for-profit healthcare corporation which plans to turn Community Hospital into a long-term care facility and move all hospital services to a new hospital Goodly is building in a community 40 miles away). Only three of the following seven projects can be implemented for the proposed upcoming budget period. How should this situation be managed? Hiring eight more experienced nurses for the intensive care unit (ICU) and critical care unit (CCU)(staffing is so short nurses very often have to work double shifts); Developing an outpatient and day-treatment clinic to address the burgeoning need for addiction treatment in the community (nearest treatment services are 40 miles away); Traditionally allotting ten percent of the annual budget for charity care based on the biblical requirement for tithing; Purchasing new, state-of-the-art radiation treatment technologies to treat cancer patients (old ones are inefficient and ineffective); Enlarging the hospital cafeteria and dining room (at present the kitchen and cafeteria are so tiny that hospital staff must bring their own food and eat in the basement to allow patients and visitors space to eat in the cafeteria); Providing an annual three percent cost-of-living increase budgeted for all hospital employees; Building a new hospital wing for cardiac rehab (no space is available in the hospital; hospital currently rents space in an old warehouse). Write this assignment as you might write a play or movie script. The dialogue (discussion among the characters) should show a clear understanding of each ethical theory/position. It is not necessary to use APA format, but list any resources used in an APA formatted reference page at the end of the paper.

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