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Ethical Dilemma with Treating Unethical Patients

I have been struggling with an ethical dilemma ever since my Level I fieldwork assignment, where I was doing my clinical at an outpatient facility within a hospital located near one of the local jails.

Since this hospital was affiliated with the city, we often got the prisoners that needed occupational therapy at this facility.  If a prisoner is scheduled to come in for an appointment, they are accompanied by two police officers and their hands and feet are both shackled.

As part of our assessments, we typically ask our patients what their own goals are for therapy.   Unfortunately, I had one patient (who had had an ulnar nerve and tendon injury from a knife fight) tell me that his goal for therapy was “to be able to close my hand into a fist so that I can fight again.”

When I hear something like that, I think to myself, “Why do I want to treat this person?  Why do I want to help this person meet his goals?”

This question bothered my enough that I knew right away that I would never want to work with forensic patients.  As an occupational therapist, I know that we have to work with patients to meet their goals and increase their occupational well-being.  But if that involves beating up other people and doing illegal things, how can I, in good faith, treat this type of patient?

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March 3, 2008 at 11:51 pm 10 comments

Applying for the same job

One thing that I am finding that is coming up pretty often is how to deal with more than one person applying for the same job. As new grads, the entire class is graduating at the same, which means that we’re also all looking for jobs at the same time. So what do you do if you find out that your best friend is applying for the same job that you are?

I see two potential ways of handling it. On the one hand, you can keep your friend informed from the beginning and tell him or her that you’re planning on applying for a specific job. Alternatively, you can keep all your job interviews a secret.

Personally, I like the second option better. If you go with the first option, then you may have to deal with a friend who says, “Oh, but I’m already applying there, and if you still want to be friends, you wouldn’t take away a possible job from me.”

But even if you do keep things hush hush, there is plenty of room for awkwardness. Just yesterday, I was doing an internship at a hospital that I interviewed at when I saw a classmate of mine getting a tour from the senior OT at the hospital. Now I had already applied for the job, and they had said over and over again how interested they were in hiring me. So when I suddenly saw my classmate dressed in a suit and getting a tour, I was a little put off.

So no matter how you handle the situation, it’s a tough call. I would say that if you go out on interviews with the realization that there’s a whole class of new grads, then there is going to be competition for jobs. Thankfully, there are plenty of OT jobs currently available with most offering hefty sign on bonuses.

Any comments on how to handle the situation are welcome.

March 15, 2007 at 11:52 am 2 comments


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