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Workplace Ethical Issues: Can They Be Resolved?

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1.  Ethical decisions may be:
  1. Legal and Moral
  2. Illegal and Moral
  3. Legal and Immoral
  4. All of the above
2.  The moral principle relating to contributing to the welfare of the patient is:
  1. Justice
  2. Beneficence
  3. Fidelity
  4. Professional Competence
3.  Which of the following sanctions can be invoked by a licensure board, but not a professional association?
  1. Suspension
  2. Revocation
  3. Fines
  4. Reprimand
4.  Ethical work-place issues can be identified by:
  1. Practitioners in the same facility
  2. Human Resources
  3. Practitioners in other facilities
  4. All of the above
5.  Once an ethical work-place issue has been suspected, the first step should be:
  1. Discussion of the potential violation with the audiologist in question.
  2. Discussion of the potential violation with Human Resources.
  3. Reporting the potential violation to the state licensure board.
  4. Reporting the potential violation to the appropriate professional association(s).
6.  An audiologist who reports to work with an apparent hang-over every day and has difficulty performing simple audiology tests could be an impaired practitioner. Most codes of ethics require:
  1. A frank discussion with the suspected impaired audiologist.
  2. Reporting of the suspected violation to the licensure board and the professional association(s).
  3. Adjusting the caseload so difficult-to-test patients are seen only in the afternoon.
  4. Recommending to Human Resources that the audiologist be terminated.
7.  The model for resolving ethical dilemmas:
  1. Begins with concern over whether an ethical dilemma has occurred
  2. Identifies the parties involved
  3. Discusses options for ethical decision-making
  4. All of the above
8.  One audiologist in private practice with another audiologist suspects his partner of fraudulent billing. The appropriate course of action is:
  1. Have a frank discussion with the audiologist.
  2. Report the partner to the state licensing board.
  3. Inform 3rd party payers of your suspicions.
  4. Review all billings before they are submitted.
9.  An audiologist who does not always charge each patient the same amount for a hearing aid may be suspected of:
  1. A conflict of interest
  2. Unprofessional conduct
  3. Fraudulent billing
  4. All of the above
10.  One of three audiologists in a health-care facility informs the other two audiologists that she plans to establish her own private practice in six months. Despite advertisements and recruitment campaigns, the facility is unable to find a replacement at the end of that six-month period. The audiologist leaves at the end of six months to begin her private practice. Which principle of ethics has she potentially violated?
  1. Patient abandonment
  2. Unprofessional conduct
  3. No violation has occurred since she provided a notice of six months
  4. Practicing illegally

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