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Organizations Not Fulfilling Their Responsibilities Towards Front-Line Workers Assessment 3 Answer

UNCC300: Justice and Change in a Global World ASSESSMENT TASK 2.


Choose one of the issues listed below (related to the Covid-19 pandemic) and write a 700-word Opinion Editorial that critically analyses the challenges with realizing aspirations of the common good in your professional community, locally and especially globally. (Your discussion must refer to the principle of the common good.)

You must include a brief rationale in your Op Ed (“why I chose this issue and why it I think it is important in relation to my chosen, or future, profession”)

  • organisations not fulfilling their responsibilities towards front-line workers (such as nurses, etc.)
  • deliberately disregarding social distancing rules
  • civil unrest and destructive behavior (e.g, vandalism)
  • insufficient supplies of medical equipment and personal protective equipment
  • lack of employment opportunities in certain sectors (e.g., the arts, business, hospitality, etc.)
  • businesses going bankrupt
  • rising levels of domestic violence
  • police brutality
  • misinformation in the community or in the media about the Covid-19 pandemic (and the role of education, law, health workers, IT professionals, the arts, etc.)
  • false or misleading information about the origins of Covid-19
  • exploitation of students (e.g., international students)
  • buying most or all of the supplies of drugs which are used to treat coronavirus patient.

Purpose:Building on the concepts and principles introduced in UNCC100 choose a challenge from the list associated with realizing aspirations of the common good in your professional community, locally and globally.

Please note, for the opinion editorial you wrote for UNCC100 you were required to write about a local challenge. For UNCC300, you are required to write about a challenge experienced both locally and especially globally.


Description: Extending your work from Assignment 2, write a 1000-1200 word paper that briefly critiques a global issue (i.e. the issue you chose for Assessment 2) where shared responsibility for the common good is not being realised (approx. 300 words) and then, propose ways to address this challenge (approx. 900 words) in your professional community, locally and especially globally.

Emphasis is on your proposed ways of addressing the challenge because some of the critique will have been covered in Assignment 2. Your discussion must refer explicitly to the common good.

Please Note: Your discussion should demonstrate how Advocacy and Community Engagement may contribute to your proposed solution.


Assessment task 3

Organizations not fulfilling their responsibilities towards front-line workers (such as nurses, etc.)

          The concept of “common good” defines the need for an act that is beneficial for everyone and helps everyone to attain equity and positive health outcomes during this COIV-19 pandemic. The global problem of COVID19 has contributed to response mechanisms by different administrations and organisations and has resulted in circumstances where there is no modification of the responsibility to fulfil common good for people. The common good is a challenging and complex principle whose fault lines are highlighted by new global problems (Lim, 2020). This assessment aims at highlighting the missing share responsibility and non-realization of the common good in terms of organizations not fulfilling their responsibilities towards front-line workers. Also, it deals with the analysis of ways to address this challenge.

           The pandemic has affected the common good to adverse level.  The shared responsibilities of the country are healthcare services, social living and economic activities. These all are impacted by the global pandemic and there is need for maximising shared responsibility to help the front line workers such as nurses.  In contrast to this, people’s attitudes have changed towards nursing staff and incidents such as pelting; beating and abuse have shown that common good is neglected completely (McGarry et al., 2020). From organizations point of view and shared responsibilities even after nurse’s ethical work with extra efforts for COVID 19 patients, they have not given full support from the organizations part and also from society. They have been subjected to increased risk of infection and organization does not centre on the common good as the healthcare staffs do not get proper personal protective equipment but the healthcare organizations are making good money which shows the inefficiency of organizations towards nursing and healthcare staff (Lim, 2020).  

           Further, apart from organizations, poor political leadership and societies response towards the pandemic shows the negligence of common good. Society has not met with the guidelines as stated by the government which increases the prevalence rates of COVID-19 infection and increases the load for healthcare staff and nurses (Campos, 2020). It is important that a successful response is multidisciplinary and includes shared responsibilities which are organised, rapid and definitive (Freedman et al., 2020). It has to be the product of good political leadership and buy-in of the populace. Public trust must be fostered; human values must be addressed; and good structures, technological capabilities and financial capital must be supported. All need to play their role in the action. This alone cannot be achieved by any particular policy.

           The first strategy to overcome this challenge is Global financial support. Developing countries need foreign assistance, considering that their capacity to finance expansionary stimuli is still restricted, and currency volatility has also limited them in recent times. This will entail financial assistance to build internal fiscal space for several countries and also supports the notion of the common good (McGarry et al., 2020). This would also take technological innovation about how to leverage massive concessional funding investments, not just from international financial banks, but also from private loans, such as pension schemes, which are searching for ways for low-growth investment. 

          This will help the developed and underdeveloped countries to get financial power and they can provide essential services such as masks and personal protective equipment to their healthcare staff which ensures common good. Also, its aspects of multilateralism's corporate social responsibility, often associated with the process of globalisation, helped multinational companies to recognise that being socially responsible requires having the ability to be a secure path to managing the pressures and benefits of the process of globalisation they are facing (Park et al., 2020).

          Next, community engagement is another major step for increasing awareness and for helping the healthcare staff to get safety and advocacy.  According to Laverack and Manoncourt (2016), community engagement begins with identifying the live threatening global issue. By collaborative partnership process, between external agencies and the community itself, the common good can be integrated as a social practice. One of the most important reasons why this outbreak has reached these proportions is the insufficient, uncooperative and untimely global response and lack of common good perspectives towards each other (Michener et al., 2020). Instead, there is a need for coordinated public health and humanitarian response combined with activities that originate and are approved directly by the community (Laverack, 2018).

          With a well-facilitated bottom-up approach of community engagement, the existing health gap can be reduced. Community involvement and social isolation can help control and avoid the COVID-19 outbreak by changing the behaviour of people and ensuring common good. To implement the engagement of the community effectively, community leaders should be approached by the response teams to seek their perspective and involve them in response approaches. Participation of communities itself is a commitment to listen to the community's concerns, suggesting outcomes and developing alliance fundamental goal of protecting everyone.

          Thirdly, advocacy for the nursing staff is important. The rising need for support and justice and towards them is essential for the common good as they are the frontline workers during this pandemic. Also, they need to advocate for empowerment to fight this pandemic. And the major aim to advocate them is to make them available with personal protective kits for their safety and if the healthcare staffs are safe the community will be healthy (Higginson et al., 2020)

          Next, Capacity building for nurses is important for the common good. In response to CVOID-19, technical expertise development is considered to be a vital parameter in planning, implementing and evaluating important help measures to control the outbreak. An effective capacity building will reduce the dependency of external consultations and increase capacity on a local level if problems in foreign funds appear (Dippel & Kelly, 2020). In countries where resources are the low and immediate response is needed, sending staff outside for training or inviting outer consultants would be a long run (Dippel & Kelly, 2020). This will enable organizations with required funds and they will help provide healthcare resources for nurses. 

          Direct support for companies, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises, is imperative. To ensure the supply of critical inputs, end goods and resources such as masks and personal protective kits, governments should assist businesses. Unique emergency public procurement protocols with an emphasis on business prospects for healthcare workers can also be implemented and immediate assistance and allocations to sub-national and local governments to fund SMEs can be offered (Spetz, 2020). Also, temporary declines in payroll and social welfare taxes, value-added taxes, and tax credits can be addressed. Steps to promote the economy, which accounts for 80 per cent of businesses worldwide that are largely out of control of public policy, would need to be taken (Spetz, 2020).

         Technological resources, health care infrastructure, professional skills and state resources like government organisations and NGO and early detection practices, all can be placed for identification and isolation of COVID-19 suffering individuals. Delivering positive support and educating about disease control should be followed under the supervision of health care organisations which support common good enables safety for everyone for community and safety of the healthcare staff (Vilakati et al., 2020).

          From the above assessment, it can be concluded that the lack of shared responsibilities has contributed to the global issue of organizations not fulfilling their responsibilities towards healthcare staff. It is important to advocate nurses and includes approaches such as community engagement, support for SME’s, prioritizing social cohesion and global financial support.

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