Ethics in Health Administration

Sometimes, professionals and administrators in different fields need to have a distinction between ethics and codes of conduct during the conduct of their work. Codes of ethics are very vital in a situation such as health administration where much could go awry if proper morals and codes of conduct are not well applied (Morrison, 2011)

Personal ethics

Personal ethics should be well differentiated from professional ethics. Even though there is cohesion between the two concepts, it is important to note that a professional ethics is more of indoctrination in professional ethics, administrators like me are required to follow certain set codes and ideologies when conducting our duties. However, personal ethics runs deeper than professional ethics. In personal ethics, a person puts upon him or herself the duty to adhere to these codes no matter what (Wankhade and Murphy, 2012).

Influence of personal ethics on performance

The personal ethics has a profound effect on me as an administrator. For instance, professionally, we are not allowed to lie. However, there are no set mechanisms set to follow up on someone if he or she actually does lie about something on the job. Personal ethics though, would have a stronger hold on the person. In my case, my personal ethics cannot allow me to lie to a client.


The distinction between professional and personal ethics is very prominent as has been observed in the above discussion. As an administrator, moral ethics forms a great and important aspect of my life allowing me to make informed decisions that are not crowded by poor codes.


Morrison, E. E. (2011). Ethics in health administration- a practical approach for decision makers. (2nd ed.) Ontario: Jones and Bartlett.

Wankhade. P, & Murphy. P. (2012). Bridging the theory and practice gap in emergency services research: a case for a new journal. International Journal of Emergency Services, 1(1): 4 – 9.