Scenario: A 96-year-old male patient is admitted to the ICU with terminal liver cancer. He is confused and disoriented, very skinny and appears underfed, and is covered with bruises, which are common in patients with liver disorders. His daughter, who is a naturopathic physician, insists that she can cure her father by administering unknown substances, some of which smell like feces and look like tar, down his NG tube. He is clearly in pain after she does this. She insists that these are life-saving interventions on her part, but the nursing and physician staff caring for the patient are very upset and concerned that she is hastening his death. They have come to you for help.
1) Write a paper (1,250-1,500 words) that describes how to use the method of ethical decision making, reviewed in the module, to help resolve this ethical dilemma. Address the following to generate your conclusions about how you would proceed:
a) What are the dimensions of the ethical dilemma?
b) What are the issues?
c) Apply the four core ethical principles and the process of ethical decision making.
2) Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines. This assignment uses a grading rubric..
40.0 %Demonstrates the use of the method of ethical decision making, along with critical thinking and analysis, to develop a plan to address the ethical issues in the scenario.
Does not demonstrate an understanding of the model of ethical decision making. Does not demonstrate critical thinking and analysis to develop an effective plan to address the ethical issues.
Demonstrates only minimal understanding of the model of ethical decision making. Demonstrates only minimal abilities for critical thinking and analysis to develop an effective plan to address the ethical issues.
Demonstrates knowledge of the method of ethical decision making accurately, but has some slight misunderstanding of the implications to the scenario. Provides a basic idea of critical thinking and analysis. Does not include examples or descriptions.
Describes clearly most of the main concepts regarding the method of ethical decision making (in your own words). Understands the implications of the scenario, and exhibits critical thinking and analysis with a few examples.
Describes clearly all of the main concepts regarding the method of ethical decision making (in your own words). Clearly describes a complete analysis of the development of a plan to address the ethical issues. Strong evidence of critical thinking and analysis in the plan’s development.
30.0 %Integrates information from outside resources into the body of paper.
Does not use references, examples, or explanations.
Provides some supporting examples, but minimal explanations and no published references.
Supports main points with examples and explanations, but fails to include published references to support claims and ideas.
Supports main points with references, explanations, and examples. Analysis and description is direct, competent, and appropriate of the criteria.
Supports main points with references, examples, and full explanations of how they apply. Thoughtfully, analyzes, evaluates and describes major points of the criteria.
20.0 %Organization and Effectiveness
7.0 %Assignment Development and Purpose
Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim.
Thesis and/or main claim are insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear.
Thesis and/or main claim are apparent and appropriate to purpose.
Thesis and/or main claim are clear and forecast the development of the paper. It is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose.
Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive. The essence of the paper is contained within the thesis. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.
8.0 %Argument Logic and Construction
Statement of purpose is not justified by the conclusion. The conclusion does not support the claim made. Argument is incoherent and uses noncredible sources.
Sufficient justification of claims is lacking. Argument lacks consistent unity. There are obvious flaws in the logic. Some sources have questionable credibility.
Argument is orderly, but may have a few inconsistencies. The argument presents minimal justification of claims. Argument logically, but not thoroughly, supports the purpose. Sources used are credible. Introduction and conclusion bracket the thesis.
Argument shows logical progression. Techniques of argumentation are evident. There is a smooth progression of claims from introduction to conclusion. Most sources are authoritative.
Clear and convincing argument presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.
5.0 %Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)
Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used.
Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register), sentence structure, and/or word choice are present.
Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used.
Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used.
Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.
5.0 %Paper Format (Use of appropriate style for the major and assignment)
Template is not used appropriately, or documentation format is rarely followed correctly.
Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent.
Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present.
Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style.
All format elements are correct.
5.0 %Research Citations (In-text citations for paraphrasing and direct quotes, and reference page listing and formatting, as appropriate to assignment and style)
No reference page is included. No citations are used.
Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used.
Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented, although some errors may be present
Reference page is present and fully inclusive of all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and citation style is usually correct.
In-text citations and a reference page are complete and correct. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.
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