Scenario: Dr. H. finished his shifted at 4:00 p.m. and walked across the street to the local diner. He soon noticed his favorite intern, George, was also there. George was scheduled to be at work in 30 minutes, but was at the bar drinking a beer before his shift. Since Dr. H. was such good friends with the intern, he felt very awkward approaching George about the situation.
If you were Dr. H., “What Would YOU Do?”
Resolution: With any ethical decision, there is no “black and white” answer. In this case scenario, Dr. H. removed himself from the situation and reported the matter to the company’s corporate office. He was told that as the pharmacy manager, he needed to address the situation with George. Dr. H. sat down with George and discussed the severity of his actions. George assured the Dr. H. that he had only one drink. Regardless, Dr. H. made it clear that as pharmacists, we are responsible for individuals’ well-being. Just one drink is enough to be impaired and make mistakes.
Take-away: Think about how your outside actions can impact others the next time you are in the pharmacy.