Ethics in the Workplace: Nursing

White, D. W., & Lean, E. (2008). The impact of perceived leader integrity on subordinates in a work team environment. Journal of Business Ethics, 81, 765–778.

The main idea of the article is that working in a team requires certain skills, attention, and implication of requirements provided to each separate member of the team by the whole team. In this respect, the study by White and Lean (2008) addresses the problem of ethical decision-making and other concepts related to work in teams. The article is relevant to the current situation that takes place in the global community in all areas of human activity including business and nursing. So, ethical decisions should be essential for those areas where the relations of people are important.

The authors discuss the situation that takes place in terms of interrelations between the companies and people that work there. In this respect, it is necessary to emphasize the development of leadership competencies and other skills that can be useful for work in a team when a single leader is required contrasted to training aimed at the development of skills necessary for equal cooperation. As suggested by White and Lean (2008), “One of the essential components of project-related teamwork is the team’s leadership” (p. 765). So, every step taken by the leader of the team is supposed to be beneficial for the success and effective performance of the team.

The nursing practice can benefit from the implementation of practices aimed at the development of leadership competencies in the field of nursing. So, health care and nursing can utilize the concepts and methods suggested by White and Lean (2008) to make the working environment more healthy in terms of relations between the members of the team and ethical decisions made by the members of working teams.

Boychuk Duchscher, J. E., & Cowin, L.(2004). Multigenerational nurses in the workplace. JONA, 34(11), 493-501.

The main idea communicated by the author is that the team should consist either of representatives of different generations that can cooperate in certain situations or from representatives of one generation that can cooperate with peers as well as with representatives of other generations. So, Boychuk Duchscher and Cowin (2004) focus on the problems that exist in the current nursing environment in terms of difficulties encountered by personnel. As different generations work in the same workplace, their problems should be approached individually because all generations have some concepts to focus on and some gaps in skills and knowledge.

The nursing practice can benefit from the implementation of the issues suggested by Boychuk Duchscher and Cowin (2004). The reason for the successful implementation of such a practice can be that people should be treated individually as well as their needs and problems. The authors underline the problem of the generation gap and provide clear evidence of the differences encountered by representatives of different generations in terms of their values and needs typical of various generations. Ethical decision-making prevails in this case because people can fail to make decisions ethically when they are unaware of the values typical of representatives of other generations.

The most useful concept that can be utilized from the study by Boychuk Duchscher and Cowin (2004) is that all people should be treated independently and individually because of differences in their values and understanding of life concepts and values perceived by other generations. The workplace should benefit from the implementation of this practice in terms of employees and patients.

Reference List

Boychuk Duchscher, J. E., & Cowin, L. Multigenerational nurses in the workplace. JONA, 34(11), 493-501.

White, D. W., & Lean, E. (2008). The impact of perceived leader integrity on subordinates in a work team environment. Journal of Business Ethics, 81, 765–778.