# CASPer Test Situations

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As a witness is it your responsibility to intervene? Why or why not?
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If I didn't do anything when witnessing an ethical dilemma, I would always question if my inability to act or my fear of repercussions/feeling uncomfortable could have potentially helped resolve that moment even for a second. It wouldn't have hurt to try, but there can always be some positivity out of it.
When I was working as a medical technician, overtime my Health and Wellness Director (HWD) was becoming increasingly fond of / closer to one of my co-workers. From simple gestures to full-on flirtations in the workplace, the relationship was headed into a more romantic setting. As a leader of the caregiving team, I wanted to not only ensure fairness for everyone but to make sure that the relationships were professional at the same time. Nothing is wrong with having those personal relationships, but you have to do them in a way that doesn't compromise the working dynamic of the healthcare team. I had to have a private conversation with both my HWD and my coworker and say how having these relationships could be seen as favoritism towards the other. This could create problems down the line in terms of trust and potential drama within the healthcare team, putting both their professional integrities in jeopardy. After explaining to them the possible repercussions, they both agreed on the issue at hand and maintained greater professionalism in the workplace.
As a medical technician, there was a time when my caregiving team was fighting over workers not pulling their slack in the workplace. The nursing home was divided into 4 sections (1-4) and it was one caregiver per section. Sections 3 and 4 had the more acute care residents and required more time and energy addressing their needs. The caregivers in sections 3 and 4 were complaining that the caregivers in sections 1 and 2 were not pulling enough slack and being lazy / sitting around when they could be helping them with their more physical duties. The caregivers in sections 1 and 2 complained that the caregivers in sections 3 and 4 took on too many duties and didn't communicate efficiently / let them do their duties which is why they were being perceived as lazy. In addressing this situation, I had a private conversation with each member individually and gained the general consensus that communication and properly delegating tasks were the biggest issues. I spoke with my HWD about getting better functioning radios to ensure better communication, as well as suggesting to rotate the caregivers per section so they all get the opportunity to share the workload. By instituting these policies, there was a lot less conflict within my team and we could focus more on the healthcare we provided.
A story about a friend posting defamation of police station on FB. How he felt it was right because of the history of police brutality in his family because he is black. Although I sympathized with him and felt so sorry that he and his family were treated way, I had to tell him in private that doing so might seem like an outlet to him at that moment, but the repercussions of his actions could negatively impact him later. Issues with him getting into universities / professional occupations and how this message will affect not only him but his family and the many who view and share this on social media. There are other ways to voice your opinion (peaceful protests, city hall demonstrations, etc.) but defaming city property is not one you should willingly participate in. He took down the photo and issued an apology to the city but advocated for more advanced policies and considerations in how police are trained to recognize and pacify situations
In high school, having a teacher that was against underage drug abuse yet confessed he did and still uses marijuana for stress relief purposes. Hypocritical in a sense but there was a disconnect with his beliefs and his practice. I told him there are other ways to manage stress that he didn't need drugs to do it. I had no problem with him using recreational drugs but I didnt want him to teach others his beliefs but not fully practice them.
When someone asked me for a letter of recommendation for a nursing program but even though we were friends her work ethic was not the best. I caught her sleeping on the job once and not having a formidable reputation with the residents I had worked with at the nursing home we were both employed at. I told her I would be happy to write the letter but warned her it would not be the best due to what I have witnessed in her performance. I informed her of others who would be willing to write her a stronger letter of recommendation. It would not be in my best interest to recommend someone who I feel couldn't best exemplify what qualities her future profession demanded.
Was really good at basketball and wanted to play for my local YMCA as a kid, but unfortunately broke my arm and couldnt even dribble a ball correctly for almost 2 months. I became so disheartened and hated the fact that I was clumsy enough to break my arm in the first place. However, I learned to not dwell on this mistake and through physical therapy I picked up a greater love for badminton while strengthening my left arm again.
Cheating in college from one of my best friends. As a UCI undergrad, I studied for my Human Physiology final exam by carefully re-reading lecture notes and mastering concepts behind complex biological mechanisms. Days before the test, one of my best friends told me he found old final exams online and wanted to share them with me. Although the course was indeed challenging, I was so close to becoming a senior Ecology and Evolutionary Biology student, and I didn't want to jeopardize my education.
In a private conversation, I asked him not to use these exams while studying or share them because this would create an unfair advantage for him and others, demonstrating academic dishonesty. Due to having increased pressure on academic performance from his physician-based family, he said he needed these exams. Although I sympathized with his situation, I told him that he could study with me or utilize additional tutoring and office hours to understand the material better instead of relying on cheating.
However, he remained firm on his stance and warned me not to tattletale. I was worried that my actions would damage our friendship, but I knew I had to do the right thing. The day before the final, I met with my professor privately and told her about what I had witnessed. She appreciated me coming forward and said she would handle the issue. After taking my final, my friend told me that he failed the class due to reported cheating. He scolded me and said he never wanted to see me again.
Despite the repercussions I received, my integrity demonstrated consistency in my character while struggling to compromise a friendship vs. my ethics. In my life, it is essential to be always steadfast in my values, being diligent in my work to display responsibility, trustworthiness, and honesty. Integrity enables me to improve the relationships that I have in professional settings, creating a more excellent team dynamic and upholding the mission of what my team and I strive to accomplish.