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UNCC300 Organizations Not Fulfilling Their Duty Towards Front-Line Worker Assessment 2 Answer

UNCC300 Assessment 2 

Description: 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 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 opportunity in certain sector

 - 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 patients


Organizations not fulfilling their responsibilities towards front-line workers 

During the pandemic situation, the healthcare workers like doctors and nurses have been working proactively and fighting the crisis. Globally, during the pandemic situation there has also been an emergency situation of experiencing the nursing shortages and low supply in the resources (such as the personal protective kits or medication, etc.), but also the nurse's burnout has been in the higher rate. The nurses are working for prolong hours and undergo high emotional and mental stress, during the crises situation while taking care of the patients (WHO, 2020).  During the crises situation like today's time of COVID 19, it is important to understand how the nurses feel and experience working condition such as low sanitized and unhygienic condition, supplied with the limited resources and working in the prolong hours within the high infection facility, leading to high emotional and mental stress. The nurses can also experience high instances of infections, fatigue, and even stress. Due to the unhealthy conditions, the nurse’s burnout and the turnover issues have been major signs of the nurses being unavailable during the crises situation. The organization during the crisis time should support the stressed nurses by timely providing them comfortable conditions to work, by supporting through resources , providing them sanitized and hygienic conditions. In my view, nursing burnout is the major issue, and for me mental and emotional wellbeing is more important, apart from overcoming the physical fatigue.  In my future placements, to overcome the issue of the nursing burnout , it is important to overcome the issue of the high fatigue and emotional drain, as research based evidence practices indicates that, prolong working hours in the substandard condition can cause a high chances of medication errors and it can lead to low-quality services to patients. 

The common good is the moral principle of the beneficence that asserts that nurses should provide benefit to all and at no point cause harm. The principle identifies it as a common goal (CPO, 2020). But during the COVID situation, the ideologies adopted by the healthcare of not fulfilling the key responsibilities towards nurses have been perceived as against the common good. It does not cause harm to the nurses but can cause a detrimental impact on the community. Common good provision to the healthcare worker can be a major disadvantage as there can be healthcare that is unable to support the community but also their nurses. The principle of benevolence is to provide benefit to all and can prove to be a societal asset for the key benefit of the members in the society (CPO, 2020)

During the pandemic situation, the common good can also be the vaccine and the medication trials to improve and control the situation. But this goal has shown an adverse impact from the healthcare point of view towards the protective measures of the workers. The healthcare workers have notably experienced a risky situation while treating the patient, as globally there are 11% deaths by contracting the disease. Even though some countries have like Sweden, UK, Australia, and other EU countries has shown appreciation for the healthcare workers support and for working in such conditions, the same has not been well perceived by the other countries who view healthcare workers as practicing unethical practices and have caused harm to them. 

As per the WHO due to the shortages of healthcare workers and the medical equipment (like PPE’s, vaccines, masks, etc. ), the important measure should have been taken by the health care that should have acquired more equipment and devices. WHO (2020) has also mentioned, that during the emergency times, it is important to make the decisions that could be transparent, unbiased, and be based on taking adequate decisions to allocate the limited resources as per the needs, wants, and requirements. UN News (2020) asserts that the nurses and the doctors should get PPE kits on priority, especially the one working in the most infected facilities and the departments. The priority settings during the emergency times would help to restore the medical aid and even provide protective measures to protect the healthcare workers.   For example, such as nurses working for prolongs hours, extended shifts, and still be ill-treated by the patients and their families. The challenges can be low allocation of the resources and having an uneven distribution of equipment.  The solution lies in reallocating the healthcare workers in the emergency facilities where there are shortages of staff along with equipping the necessary resources to support the front line workers (Ng et al., 2020)

Overworking and nurses' burnouts, has led to more overburdening of the current situation, which could have been controlled through practice measures of training the nurses in an emergency to providing supportive measures and resources.

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