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Assessment 2: Essay
Weighting: 50% of the total grade for this course
Due date: Week 9
Dealing with competing problems is a common experience when working with consumers. What they want and what they might need can raise dilemmas for the health worker. Understanding and meeting a client’s rights may conflict with legal and ethical requirements.
The ability to understand a dilemma and decide on strategies needs to be considered in light of legal requirements, ethical standards, and policies. There are consequences for failing to fulfil duty of care, conform to legislation requirements, and for not addressing actual and potential situations that put the client at risk. Understanding these concepts means the health worker can make a conscious and professionally sound choice about what steps to take.
The use of an essay demonstrates that you are able to analyse and synthesise scholarly information in relation to a scenario.
You will write a 2000-word formal, academic essay based on the work you have done in the course to this point.
You will explain and describe the legal and ethical considerations related to a scenario in Aged Care. You will need to draw on the relevant legislation, case law, and literature to support your response. You must refer to specific aspects of the scenario to exemplify your argument.
Your essay must include references to appropriate academic sources (e.g. peer-reviewed journal article, academic books) to support your assertions. The quality as well as the quantity of sources will be taken into consideration. You must use the UniSA Harvard Referencing system for in-text references and your reference list for ALL material which are not your own. This includes academic references, quality primary sources e.g. Government websites, images apart from your own, and online articles.
When considering references for your answers, you may use the course readings, but are also expected to research information more widely and refer to additional literature. Remember that in many instances the online resources provided in the weekly materials, are for teaching and illustrative purposes, so it is expected that you use scholarly publications for your assessments rather than reference these sources.
The assessment will require you to discuss the implication of working in a highly regulated and dynamic environment and the implications of ethical decision making for community health. You will also need to describe scope of practice for community health workers.
You are a health care worker, employed by a health care provider, to provide home care support to Kenneth who is 84 years old, and lives with his son. While providing home care support you witness Kenneth being attacked by his son. Kenneth was hit in the chest, causing him to fall back into his chair, then hit over the ear, before his son picked up a magazine and threw it violently onto Kenneth’s lap. When you went to Kenneth, you saw red marks and on his chest, old bruises. Kenneth says that he doesn’t want you to report what has happened. Kenneth has no mental impairment nor does he suffer confusion.
NOTE: Referencing is only worth 10% of your grade but inadequate referencing can be a breach of academic integrity and lead to an academic integrity review of your assessment.