You began this session considering a moral-ethical dilemma you yourself faced that you either resolved or failed to resolve, but hopefully learned from. You may never have given much thought to ethical theory nor what ethical premises/paradigms you have unconsciously held.
Now that you have had an opportunity to explore ethics formally, create a reflective assessment of your learning experience and the collaborations you engaged in throughout this session.
- A written reflection
For the written reflection, revisit your ethical memoir and address the following:
- What ethical theory best applies to your experience?
- Which significant author you have studied most speaks to your own ethical paradigm as you are (re)forming it now?
- If you did not resolve your ethical dilemma when you experienced it, what would you do now and why?
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- Title page
- References page (minimum of 1 scholarly source)
ETHICAL MEMOIR 2
Chamberlain College of Nursing
445NR : Ethics
Running head: ETHICAL MEMOIR 1
ETHICAL MEMOIR 4
Being a college student you go through and learn through the years that shape you for the rest of your life. In college, I was known for being what you call a hustler. I was also trying to pursue my career in nursing at the time taking full-time hours. At the time I knew that had to work to provide for myself and pay for my living as well as to keep me afloat. When it comes to it everyone goes through that time of not having any money and struggling to make ends meet. You go through the ups and downs for moving out of your parent’s comfort and living on your own. I was one of the many that had struggled with keeping up with a lot in college as well as keeping my grades up and having a social life. My biggest struggle was just making sure that I was financially stable in my day to day life.
I worked as a server which was my main income at the time. Most weeks I would go to school but also working on the weekends and sometimes during the week. Serving at the time was becoming tedious for me. In the times we went through periods where we weren’t getting as many customers coming in. Meaning that we wouldn’t make money, fewer costumers, fewer tips. We had a very dry season this year that I was barely making my rent and to pay for my books or supplies. It went up to effecting me for up to a couple of months because I wasn’t making what I was used to and I made me very happy with working the job. I decided I couldn’t handle the financial stress of the server at my job of 2 years especially with everything going on.
Within that next month, I decided to get a new job and I was very lucky to get an interview with Ulta that was right across from my apartment. I thought this job was going to be the best for me it paid well enough so I could continue working at Buffalo part-time and I could work at Ulta part-time. I started at Ulta and it was very different from all the jobs that I have worked because it was on the retail side of things. It was very different for me it was my first time having to sell and learn about products. I was working with high-end makeup that can cost around $50 to $30 per item. There was quite a couple of expensive products that we even have to tag with alarm systems to secure that people were not stealing. I always had a hobby makeup and I loved learning about all the new products that Ulta had to sell to our customers.
One thing that was big in training was about making sure that we made ethical decisions. I had to make sure that my coworkers did not pocket any items as well as customers. I had a coworker who had an issue following the rules as for me I was more of a rule follower, I came and did my job and followed all the rules. She wasn’t a bad person I didn’t see any weird or unethical behaviors we became quite close. One day I came into work and we were working the cash register that day. We started a conversation about how I wanted a new foundation that had come out, and she wanted to purchase the foundation as well. We continued about the colors of the foundation and how versatile the colors were in shades. The foundation was a big hit at our store since it was just released. I told her lets put aside 2 foundations so that we can purchase them after our shift. We were allowed to hold makeup in a drawer that we wanted to purchase and we could purchase after the shift. She went ahead and put the foundations aside and as well as some other products that we were going to purchase at the end of our shift. At the end of our shift before we leave, we clean, restock and place all the unwanted items back in the correct spot. As we grabbed our basket to place things back I realized I saw that she had put the foundation and her other products we were to purchase in her pockets. She noticed that I saw her and she tried to play it off and say “Oh they won’t even notice it is nothing.”
Right then and there I fell with the ethical decision if I should say something to my mangers or if I should allow her to walk out with the unpaid makeup and act like I didn’t see anything. I feel a need to make sure that ethically I was following the rules that I said I would follow when I started working at Ulta. I took me a day or two to confess to a manger just because I had gone back and forth on whether I would somehow be in the wrong but then I decided that I would go ahead and just tell them what had occurred even if it meant to put one of my work friends s in a hard place. I knew that the right decision was to be open and let my manager know what was going on. That is completely what I felt will be the ethical standard view of my choice was being honest. Ethical decision making is a process that requires making a correct balance and with that, I knew that I had to come front. We deal with ethical dilemmas almost daily it is just up to you whether you a will to do what is morally right.
Ruggiero, V. R. (2019). Thinking critically about ethical issues. Dubuque: McGraw-Hill Education.