Hospitals are again under strain with the latest wave of Covid. This time staffing shortages are compounding the problem, due in part to an increasing rate of resignations among health care workers.
Doctors and nurses are a sturdy lot, so why should some want to quit even when they expected their careers to involve grueling conditions? In some cases, it's the distress of not wanting to treat their own patients, patients who could have avoided infection by getting vaccinated, who openly disrespect doctors and nurses, and who take their service for granted as an unconditional right.
Join Ben Bayer and Elan Journo to analyze the philosophical ideas that worsen the “moral distress” currently plaguing doctors and nurses.
Overview article available here
Among the topics covered:
Mentioned in the discussion are an excerpt from Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged called “The Forgotten Man of Socialized Medicine” and Leonard Peikoff’s essay “Health Care Is Not a Right.”00:00
Many health care workers resigning03:41
The conditions workers face12:27
Altruism's effects on people's views32:39
Are the unvaxxed wholly to blame?36:13
Workers' acceptance of altruism39:34
Recommended moral attitude42:59
Altruism: reputation vs. destructive effects47:10
Judging those who make unhealthy choices