Two Response Posts (RP).

  • Respond to two other students’ or instructor posts
  • RPs should be 150-250 words
  • Add new content, a distinction, or hypothesis and demonstrate how this new information makes the topic thread more clear
  • Draw attention to a consideration that has been neglected, and demonstrate how this new information motivates clearer understanding of the topic
  • Students should contribute to the discussion based on their course acquired knowledge in a meaningful way. Posts that simply agree with the IP will not be graded.

Responses will be graded for content, length, and level of introspection

discussion 1

Hello everyone. Hope everyone is having a great week so far. So for this week we were asked some questions about Elizabeth Kim. Elizabeth is a speech and language pathologist. She is responsible for performing many student evaluating and interventions each day and she always explains to students and parents in a language they can understand (Doherty & Purtilo, 2011). The story goes that Max is a student of Elizabeths and he has a speech disorder and she would like to use a communication device when working with him. Max’s mom isn’t really to worried about whats going on with her son so the principal of the school wants Elizabeth to hold off in reporting that she would like to use this communication device because it costs too much money for the school right now. Elizabeth later finds out that Max’s mom was never set up another time to meet with the school about his learning disorder. The ethical theories with the story of Elizabeth Kim and Max Diaz fall into the category of normative ethics. Metaethics tries to discover the nature and meaning of ethical reasons we propose as valid for making judgement about morality and normative ethics asks more concrete questions related to morality (Doherty & Purtilo 2011). The absolute principles that would be important for Elizabeth Kim are autonomy, veracity, and justice. Autonomy would mean that she has the opportunity to exercise her freedom in a certain situation (Doherty & Purtilo, 2011). She could tell the school board exactly what the principle has done and how much this has held the student back. Veracity is important because she is in a position to tell the truth to Max’s mom about what all happened with the situation. and finally justice. Max’s mother has the right to the benefits of the school for her son being special needs.

Doherty, R.F. (2011). Ethical dimensions of moral philosophy (8th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

Discussion 2

This week for our discussion we have to discuss ethical principles. Our ethical principles would be autonomy, beneficence, justice and veracity. I would like to relate this back to what Elizabeth Kim believed. Kim would have shown a great example of beneficence due to the fact of she knew the device was expensive yet it would be a great learning object for Max to help him excel in school. New ideas are able to be taught to the students when being taught by a pathologist. Having a pathologist as a teacher would be a benefit for the students because Elizabeth would be able to be there for the students and help them learn and understand the material. A good example of autonomy would be that when Elizabeth was told not to say something in the letter but yet she did because she was looking into helping him along and making this better for him. Veracity would be because Elizabeth doesn’t lie. Justice comes into play when Elizabeth was able to tell that Max needed a device to help him excel in the learning process. Elizabeth was always looking for a way to help Max along the way and she wanted him to improve with his skills. I like to think of Elizabeth as acting and caring as an advocate for Max. Just like we do as nurses for our patients. We have to always look for what is best for our patients and be able to care for them in a non-judging manner.


Purtilo, R.B. & Doherty, R. F. (2011). Ethical Dimensions in the health professions (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders 

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