Leadership and Change This paper will describe a situation in which unethical actions by one member of the healthcare team compromised the ability of the remaining members of the team to carry out their duties in a professional manner.
This scenario centres on the patient, Mrs. X. Mrs. X was a 64-year-old woman admitted to the hospital for a lobectomy. She had a history of breast cancer that had metastasized to her lung. Mrs. X was under the care of the health care team that included but was not limited to that of the nurses, residents and doctors. Mrs. X's family was also involved with her care.
Soon after Mrs. X's operation, she was diagnosed with brain cancer.
The primary doctor taking care of Mrs. X chose not to tell the patient of her diagnosis. At that time Mrs. X remained competent and able to make decisions for herself regarding her care.
However the doctor did explain to the family Mrs. X's diagnosis as well as her life expectancy. It was the family's wishes not to tell the Mrs. X.
This action compromised the ability of the remaining health care team, especially the nurses, to provide appropriate care for Mrs. X in a professional manner.