Physicians and Ethics Consults -- Why so Few?
I am surmising that when faced with a “problem,” they consult one another. Most of them, I think, see the “problem” not just as a professional quandary but as a moral one, and they are eager to do “the right thing.”
So let us say two of them are standing in a doorway discussing a “problem” (and I’m sure their talk is laced with numbers) and let’s say they reach different conclusions of “the right thing to do.”
What is at stake beneath these differing care plans? Ultimately, I allege, it’s virtue ethic: what it means to be a good physician!!! And doctor to doctor can be argued because they are both part of the “fraternity.”
YES, that can be true of NP’s, too. But my non-evidence-based judgment is that nurses might be more open to discussion of their “virtus,” their good habits, than are physicians.
Do blow me out of the water if you disagree!!!!