Learning Activities

Personal Core Values

Module

Health Care Ethics
 

Competency

1.  Describe dimensions of values as they impact healthcare.

Recommended Resources

Background Information: PowerPoint Competency 1: Personal and Healthcare Values

PowerPoint for Course: Healthcare Ethics 2014

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Karen Neu, MSN, CNE, CNP
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TITLE

Personal Core Values

 

PURPOSE: To help you determine and clarify some of the bases for your own beliefs and values which affect your behaviors and to familiarize yourself with a decision making model to use in “ethical” situations.

 

TO DO

 

DIRECTIONS:  Using a separate piece of paper, respond to the listed items as directed, limiting your answer to one page per item. Most answers will require a minimum of one paragraph.

 

  1. Identify 2 value messages you heard while growing up. Briefly describe their impact on your behavior.
    Example: “Whatever you do, do it well”; “Honesty is the best policy”; Treat others like you would like to be treated”

 

  1. Select 20 personal care values from the list below that you feel most represent your deepest motivators, your personal passion, and the major ideas that guide you most in life. Select the words that are most important to you and that really define who you are. If you have a core value or belief that is not on the list, go ahead and add it.
    1. Elimination
      1. Now that you have identified 20, imagine that you are only permitted to have 10 values. Which ten would you give up? Cross them off.
      2. Now imagine that you are only permitted five. Which ones would you give up? Cross it off.
      3. Finally cross off four of your five values. Which is the one item on the list that you care most about?
    2. Explain why this one value is the most valuable for you?

 

  1. Answer and explain 3 of the following questions addressing your top 5 values.
    1. Do you believe that life is precious, whatever the situation?
    2. Do you believe that adequate health care is a right? For everyone?
    3. Do you believe that knowingly withholding life support is wrong?
    4. How do you define euthanasia?
    5. Do you believe patients have the right to refuse treatment, even if that refusal will hasten death?
    6. In your opinion, what is more relevant: life itself or quality of life?
    7. Does a person’s age influence how aggressively he or she is treated?

 

 

 

 

Personal Core Values List

 

Accessibility

Faith

Money

Self-reliance

Accomplishment

Fame

Non-violence

Seriousness

Accountability

Family

Nurturing

Service

Accuracy

Fate

Openness

Sexuality

Achievement

Fitness

Opportunity

Simplicity

Adventure

Flair

Optimism

Sincerity

Aspiration

Force

Patriotism

Skill

Attitude

Freedom

Peace

Solidarity

Authenticity

Free will

Perfection

Speed

Authority

Fun

Performance

Spirit-in-life

Autonomy

Generosity

Persistence

Stability

Beauty

Giving/charity

Personal growth

Standardization

Challenge

Global view

Philosophy

Status

Change

Goodness

Pioneer spirit

Strength

Chastity/Purity

Gratitude

Pleasure

Style

Cleanliness

Hard work

Popularity

Success

Collaboration

Harmony

Positive attitude

Support

Commitment

Heroism

Power

Systemization

Communication

Heritage

Practicality

Teamwork

Community

Honesty

Preservation

Tolerance

Competence

Honor

Prestige

Tradition

Competition

Hope

Pride

Tranquility

Concern

Humor

Privacy

Trust

Conformity

Inclusiveness

Prosperity/wealth

Truth

Courage

Influence

Punctuality

Utility

Conviction

Inner peace

Purity

Variety

Cooperation

Innovation

Quality

Well-being

Creativity

Improvement

Rationality

Wellness

Customer

Integrity

Recognition

Wisdom

Decisiveness

Intuition

Regularity

Democracy

Involvement

Rehabilitation

Determination

Joy

Reliability

Discipline

Justice

Resourcefulness

Discovery

Knowledge

Respect

Diversity

Leadership

Responsibility

Duty

Learning

Responsiveness

Education

Leisure

Results-oriented

Efficiency

Love-romance

Risk-taking