In the course text, read the case study at the bottom of page 230. Write a paper on what could be a mission or vision of the Community Medical Center that would guide the president in his decision about the case of an operating room nurse who may have HIV/AIDS. What could be the decision and how will the decision be communicated to the physicians, employees, to the board, and the public. Use at least 3 APA resources excluding your course text.
Reading Material for case study
The president of Community Medical Center was having a meeting with the chief of surgery concerning an operating room nurse who many thought had HIV/AIDS. The majority of surgeons in the surgical department has become quite concerned and requested the operating room nurse be removed from his duties in the department. The chief of surgery firmly stated that if the nurse was not removed from the operating room, then a significant number of surgeons (approximately 50) would admit all of their patients to the Community Medical Center’s local rival hospital across the city. Such activities would not only affect the operating room, but also the emergency room, surgical impatient floors, surgical ICU, and clinical departments such as radiology, clinical laboratory, respiratory, rehabilitation, pharmacy, etc. The possible effects could be millions of dollars in lost revenue and the immediate layoff of hundreds of employees.
When Community Medical Center approached the nurse involved about relocating to a non-patient area with the same pay, shift, and working, he refused to accept the offer. In addition, he had contacted a labor attorney specializing in the health care industry and mentioned that the attorney had advised that they would file federal litigation in accordance to violation of several federal laws.
Because of an internal leak, the president of Community Medical Center was contacted by the editor and publisher of the main local newspaper about this event. It was most unusual for the editor and publisher to discuss a story instead of sending a reporter but they indicated that this story was too important and could have national media exposure. They gave the president 24 hours to provide a news release. Such media attention would most likely not only have instant concern of patients and families who were presently scheduled for surgery but also long-term damage of the institutions strong reputation for quality of medical care.
You are the president of the Community Medical Center so what decision making models will be most effective in this situation and how are you going to communicate your decision to the surgeons, medical center employees, governing board, and to the public?
Johnson, J. (2009). Health organizations: Theories, behavior, and development. Boston: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN: 9780763750534
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