The Ethics For Fresh Graduates

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Ethics for Fresh Graduates Despite the passion that speech language pathologists have for their patients and careers, there are some who feel stronger in other areas such as, greed, pride, or envy. This may cause a great therapist or employer to react unethically in a tough situation. In turn, the authoritative figure pushes their employees to commit illegal actions. Once a company, or a supervisor within a company begins to pursue unethical actions, she is then teaching every person under her supervision to also pursue these situations unethically. The people who jump into their careers as SLP-Assistants are excited and willing to get out there and put their degree to use. Employers know this and take advantage of these types of people by using their authority to have the new graduates learn their unethical ways and carry out all unethical requests. “employers requesting that our members and certificate holders engage in conduct that places them at risk for violating their ethical responsibilities” (Huffman, 2003). Universities should take action and educate soon-to-be graduates on the importance of ethics. There should be an entire course dedicated to ethics prior to receiving a degree. The course should not only cover what is stated under the code but it should also teach them what to do if they encounter an unethical circumstance. How to take action, how to protect themselves and what steps to follow in order to fix or prevent unethical actions. In A dynamic model of ethical reasoning in speech pathology, a study was conducted to evaluate the way new speech therapists that had recently started their jobs within the last 18 months, handled different scenarios effecting the code of ethics. “Over half the participants descr... ... middle of paper ... ...selves from an unethical situation before their license is at risk is key. ASHA offers a variety of opportunities for members to learn more over ethics. Students who are required to participate will gain a better understanding of the role of ethics in our field. Staff may not be able to require every student to become an ASHA member for academic reasons but maybe those who do go through the trouble of joining can receive some sort of incentive. With these additions to the curriculum, students may gain more confidence going into this career , and possibly even put stop to those who take advantage of our patients. “As employees we can use every opportunity available in our workplace to inform and educate co-workers, administrators, and union leaders about professional ethics,” (Huffman, 2003). It truly takes a village but it has to start from the root in order to grow.
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