Professional Values and Ethics

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Professional Values and Ethics
By: Anya Lowery
Brenda Miller
Susan Jarvis
Instructor: Laura Paul
University of Phoenix
November 01, 2009
Professional Values and Ethics
Values are enduring beliefs, both hard-wired (meaning acquired genetically) and shaped by cultural context, about preferred “end states” (Urbany, Reynolds, & Phillips, 2008, p. 75). According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2009), ethics is discipline dealing with good and evil and with moral duty or moral principles and practice. Professional ethics and values guide the decision-making process of all companies and organizations. Most businesses and organizations state their values and ethics in their mission statement and in their code of ethics. The professional ethics and values of a business or organization will set the tone of how they conduct their operations, how they interact with customers and how employees interact with each other.
Sources of Professional Values and Ethics
The three groups include the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA), Ethics Resource Center and the Institute for Ethics. The CEJA develops ethics policy for the American Medical Association by preparing reports that analyze and addresses ethical issues (AMA, 2009). The Ethics Resource Center develops practical solutions for physicians who are confronted with ethical challenges and provides continuing education and outreach programs for medical students, practicing physicians, and residents. The Institute for Ethics is an academic research and training center on ethics in health care. The Institute covers issues such as, professionalism, health information policy and health preparedness (AMA, 2009).
Association of American Educators (AAE)
The ethical conduct toward students outlines how teachers should interact and communicate with their students. This principle states that teachers should take responsibility to ensure that...