This week kept me very busy! Learning about ethical responsibilities is always very interesting. I honestly had not been very aware of ethics committees previously and feel that they are a great resource in cases where staff and patients or family members disagree about care. The movie we watched tugged at my heartstrings as I can relate with the parents in wanting to do everything possible to save a child. I have witnessed family members going against patient wishes in the past and can appreciate their need to feel like everything possible has been done for the patient and their extreme hesistance to let go. It is important in these cases to take the issues to an ethics committee for a perspective that is not influenced by emotion. There area also times when the views of staff are not in the best interest of the patient and this should be pointed out.
Our team all agreed that the patient on dialysis who was in a vegetative state should no longer receive the treatment despite family wanting the treatment to continue. From my perspective it was the most humane decision to make for the patient. I also agreed with the assessments of my team members of the cases that they reviewed.
The interview I had with Steven Lake about performance appraisals was very interesting to me. Not being a teacher I have never been involved in the style of evaluation that he uses but I thought it was a very fair system where teachers are aware of the initiatives they need to be working on and are given frequent feedback to help them achieve these prior to annual or semi-annual evaluations.