ARRT Ethics



hello and welcome with this episode an AR artis video series we're going to talk about ethics what ethics means to you to the patient's you will serve throughout your career as an arti and to the employers in the healthcare field we'll also look at how ethics fit into the AR artis model for certification and overall excellence in the profession the AR arti is committed to fostering a culture of ethical behavior across all medical imaging disciplines recognizing that those who act ethically will be likely to provide the highest quality and safest patient care there are many professions where ethics play a critical role in defining and promoting the appropriate conduct for individuals working within them these include jobs in law enforcement positions of public office and of course the medical profession like other medical professionals artis have very important ethical responsibilities our teas are expected to always act in the best interests of patients in other words they're expected to abide by standards specific to their role within the larger health care profession commonly referred to as professional ethics professional ethics is a collection of standards adopted by a professional community ethics requirements have been included as part of the AR RTS rules and regulations for many years and they were formalized to become the standards of ethics in 1993 their purpose is to provide guidance on what it means to be qualified and to motivate and promote a culture of ethical behavior patients deserve care from individuals who can be trusted to do the right things no matter the situation and expect that the person performing their exam is taking the proper precautions and making conscientious decisions to keep them safe whether it's performing safety checks or keeping up-to-date on the latest news and Vance Mintz for the work they do ethics go far beyond simply interacting with patients the ARR tees standards of ethics has two main components our code of ethics which is an aspirational guide for maintaining the highest standards for general Professional Conduct and the rules of ethics consisting of more specific mandatory standards of minimally acceptable conduct for all certificate holders and candidates for a rrt certification there can be many questions and misconceptions that arise around ARR tees ethics reporting requirements while by no means an exhaustive list I'll attempt to answer a number of common questions about the ARR T ethics process starting with why there's a need for ethics requirements I think we've already answered this question to a large extent every day our T's are faced with potential ethical dilemmas and choices about how to do the right thing related to the safety welfare and rights of patients for example and our team may recognize a neighbor they see in the radiology department for imaging he or she may be curious and concerned that there may be something wrong and be tempted to look in the neighbors medical records however this is a HIPAA violation patient information is private even if you know the individual through our certification and registration process we strive to identify individuals who have internalized a set of professional values guiding them to act in the best interests of their patients internalization of these values and the resulting behaviors are part of a our artis definition of qualified violations of ethics requirements may indicate a lack of professional ethics this might take the form of criminal convictions substance abuse or the falsification of documents for example it's an important matter to employers in an issue of Public Safety I think the need for ethics requirements is clear another frequent question asked is I intend to enroll in an educational program but I've had some issues in the past can I discuss or determine my eligibility for certification in advance the answer is yes there is a process where candidates have the opportunity to have potential ethics violations reviewed prior to applying for certification or even prior to entering an educational program for that matter the ethics review pre application process may be started before candidates enter a program or submitted while a student note however that the process is slightly different for those close to graduation we'll come back to that in a moment prospective certification candidates will complete the ethics review pre application and here they must report any violations again this may include criminal proceedings even misdemeanor charges and convictions disciplinary actions taken by state or federal regulatory authorities and honor code violations such as being suspended or expelled from an educational institution documentation that needs to accompany the application depends on the violation but the complete list can be found in the ethics review pre application packet a passport quality photo must be included and candidates must submit the application fee these steps are necessary in order for your pre application to be processed now if candidates are near graduation they will instead submit an application for certification which can be obtained from their program director specific information and a sample handbook and application can be found on our website candidates close to graduation will also need to include specified documentation based upon any yes answers to ethics questions in the application once the ethics review pre-application is completed all required documentation the photo and the fee are received the AR arti completes the review the ethics committee which is made up of members of AR AR T's Board of Trustees is comprised of working professionals in the medical imaging community they make the decision on ethics eligibility and candidates are notified in writing depending on the complexity of specific cases this process can take many months so it's important to plan ahead we know there's a lot riding on this educational programs require a significant financial commitment and a lot of time students want to make sure they'll qualify for certification when they're finished we understand but there's no shortcut to the formal pre application process you can't just call the AR RT and request that staff determine your ethics eligibility since it's the ethics committee and not the AR t staff who make the decisions on ethics cases people often ask how do I know what a rit ethics requirements are interested or concerned students and technologists should complete a thorough study of the standards of ethics available on the website along with the code of ethics and the mandated rules of ethics it's important to become familiar with this information since you're required to adhere to it all of the information is spelled out in ethics documentation on the website explanations of the nature of violations and reporting requirements it's all there many times we hear this question I'm already certified what am i required to report a violation we encourage our T's to report incidents right after they occur and charges and convictions must be reported on the application for annual renewal carefully review questions on the annual renewal and all applications because they do change in most cases the renewal process is not delayed during an ethics review our T's will also provide a personal statement of explanation for any incident that occurred and they're required supporting documents from the courts licensing boards involved and so on once again the review may take several months and you'll receive a letter with the result when it's completed people also often ask what happens if they don't report an ethics violation and they wonder if they can just call us and explain the situation first as I said earlier there are no shortcuts or exceptions for the written ethics review process the process is designed to be thoughtful and consistent and includes a review by the ethics committee which is entrusted with the very important responsibility of evaluating each case once the review process is completed AR RT staff will communicate the decisions as far as not reporting an incident non-disclosure carries serious consequences not only is it a violation of the standards of ethics but sometimes non-disclosure can end up being more serious than the incident itself be aware that AR RT also receives information from employers state and federal licensing agencies other technologists and law enforcement agencies at their initiative failure to self disclose or report a violation may result in a sanction against an artis certification and registration your responsibility to report a violation to the AR tea is separate from any other reporting requirements such as your state license or your employment agreement to that point about other reporting standards questions arise such as my legal case was closed years ago I passed the background check at my school I wasn't working in the medical field at the time and so on while these incidents may not seem relevant to your certification it all goes back to making sure you're adhering to the ethics requirements certain incidents don't need to be reported and these are outlined in the ethics information on the AR RT website in spite of what is a pretty clear framework of ethics requirements it's complicated people are confused by what they see as grey areas again there is complete information on the AR RT website and as always students and technologists are welcome to contact the ethics requirements department with specific questions or concerns about the process and requirements in the event that eligibility for certification and/or registration is denied based upon an ethics violation candidates and artis have an opportunity to request a hearing in the matter instructions for this process are found in the AR RT standards of ethics document under administrative procedures employers and patients not only depend on the knowledge and skills but also the values professionalism and behavior of technologists who hold a or arti certification our ethics requirements are part of the model that promotes and motivates professional excellence keep in mind that depending on where you want to work there may be state licensing to consider which is separate from a rrt certification and registration thank you for joining me for this discussion on ethics I hope you've enjoyed this segment and will visit other videos here in the series goodbye you

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