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Writing Assignment #2

Worth a Total of 100 Points

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Due by 11:59pm on April 20, 2019

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PART 1 – Disasters = worth 50 points

For Part 1 of this assignment, I am going to have you watch a video from Doctor Sheri Fink. I have had the privilege of meeting Dr. Fink on a couple of occasions and her book – Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital is one of the best (in my opinion) non-fiction works examining real-world disaster decision making. The book is focused on a hospital in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The book follows the events in the hospital over a five-day period as thousands of people were trapped in the hospital without power. In her book, Dr. Fink provides interviews and other first-hand accounts and explores the legal, ethical and political consequences of the decisions that were made.

Part 1 of the Assignment:

  • Step 1:Watch the following video from author and doctor Sheri Fink “Five Days at Memorial”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Ctg9SRm_0
  • Step 2: Write no more than two paragraphs describing ‘triage’. In the first paragraph describe the concept of triage – which ethical principle that we have discussed does triage relate most directly with? In the second paragraph discuss how triage decisions can be made using a sliding scale (for example how is triage different when there are 3 patients and plenty of supplies versus the situation that Dr. Fink describes at Memorial).
  • Step 3:Question 1 – In no more than two paragraphs, discuss how the duty based ethics approach would apply to the situation at Memorial.
  • Step 4: Question 2 – In no more than two paragraphs, discuss how the utilitarian-based ethics approach would apply at Memorial.
  • Step 5: Conclusion – write no more than two paragraphs describing which approach – duty based or utilitarian – you think is more appropriate in this situation. Tell me which you would apply and why.

You may use the following outline to help organize this portion of the assignment:

  1. What is triage – no more than 2 paragraphs
  2. Question 1 – no more than 2 paragraphs
  • Question 2 – no more than 2 paragraphs
  1. Conclusion – no more than 2 paragraphs


PART 2 – Affordable Care Act = worth 50 points

Step 1: Choose one of the following articles:

Step 2 read the article and provide a summary. The summary should be no longer than two paragraphs and should capture the main points of the article.

Step 3 identify at least one issue raised by the article and examine the issue in the context of utilitarian-based ethics approach. Provide your thoughts (both pro and con) for the following questions

  • Question 1: Should we, as a society, do or not do this?Or, in other words, why should society care about this issue? Does this issue rise to the level of meriting taxpayer support, funding, attention – why or why not? Provide arguments both for and against.
  • Question 2: What is really the greater good here – and who is receiving the benefit of the ‘greater good’? Conversely, who is not receiving the benefit of the ‘greater good’?

Step 4 – Provide a conclusion that states what you have learned from this assignment and how you could use the utilitarian-based ethics approach in your future decision-making process.

You may use the following outline to help organize this portion of the assignment:

  1. Article Summary – no more than 2 paragraphs
  2. Question 1 – no more than 4 paragraphs
  • Question 2 – no more than 4 paragraphs
  1. Conclusion – what did you learn from this assignment – no more than 1 paragraph




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