LWS101, Semester 2 2021
Assessment 2: Problem Solving Exercise
Due Date: Thursday 16 September 2021 at 11:59pm (note that you must submit your assignment online, via the submission link, before midnight – late submissions will not be marked and you will be awarded a grade of 0, in accordance with QUT policy)
Maximum Work Limit: 1600 words (this word limit includes all headings, in-text references, direct quotes, sections of the Codes but excludes the reference list and any cover sheet). Please note there is no 10% leeway. Words exceeding the stipulated word count will not be taken into account. Of course, you may submit with less than 1600 words though.
- Not copy the facts of the question and include them in your assignment unnecessarily.
- Not exceed a word count of 1600 words. As noted about there is no leeway of 10% (except that you can submit less than 1600 words). Words exceeding 1600 words will not be marked.
- You do not need to include a cover page.
- You must put your name and student number and the word count at the top of the document. You must identify the exact number of words in your problem-solving exercise. If it is found that you have inaccurately recorded the total number of words, and your assignment is found to be over the word limit, material contained in the body of the assignment that appears over the word limit will not be marked.
- Reference in accordance with APA (see www.citewrite.qut.edu.au) for further information on this referencing style) – but follow the style below for cases/legislation (see also the assignment FAQ document).
- Attach a complete reference list of sources (not included in the 1600 word limit) (see www.citewrite.qut.edu.au for information on what should be included).
- Referencing Cases:
- When referencing cases in-text, you only need to include the name of the case (e.g.
Donoghue v Stevenson).
- In your reference list, you are required to include the full legal citation (e.g. Donoghue v Stevenson  AC 562). (Note: If cases are referred to in textbooks, you will sometimes find the full citations in the endnotes or footnotes of the relevant chapter of that text, or in the table of cases at the beginning of the book.)
- Referencing Legislation:
- To reference legislation in-text, you need to include the name of the Act and section number (e.g. Coroners Act, s 43). In your reference list, you need to use the full legal citation (e.g. Coroners Act 1958 (Qld)). (Note: If legislation is referred to in textbooks, you will sometimes find the full citation in the endnotes or footnotes of the relevant chapter of that text.)
- Referencing the Codes: The Codes are published sources and therefore full references must be provided for the Codes. See www.citewrite.qut.edu.au for details (APA>Government and Corporate Documents>Professional Standard).
- Do not attach appendices to your problem-solving exercise.
- Use 12 pt, arial or times new roman font with 1.5 spacing.
Please note: Out of fairness to all students, members of the LWS101 teaching team are not able to review drafts of the assignment.
Chuck Bass is an elderly patient who is admitted to a Brisbane hospital suffering dehydration, a urinary tract infection and a number of skin tears and lesions on his body resulting from multiple falls. His mobility is compromised and there is evidence of dementia. Upon being admitted to hospital, Mr Bass expressed an immediate desire to return home, but the health care team do not believe this can safely be achieved. His urinary tract infection is severe and requires medication. In addition, he has several lesions which are septic and require dressing and antibiotic treatment; and he is still dehydrated. The team is strongly of the view that he requires medical treatment before it would be safe for him to leave hospital. They believe that without treatment, his health will deteriorate and he will very likely suffer serious and permanent health issues which could result in his death. However, if Chuck receives timely treatment, he will be likely to recover well and be able to return home within a few days.
Chuck was a member of a strong friendship group during his youth, after he went to high school with them in New York City. He frequently refers to the friends he made there and the exciting times he had as a young man in the City. Sadly, he is one of only two surviving members of their circle of friends, although lately he has been referring to the rest of his friends as though they are all still alive and present. Now, Chuck lives in modest house in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm, after his real-estate company crashed after opening offices in Australia. However, sometimes he gets confused about where he is and appears to think he is still living in his New York apartment with household staff. Chuck prefers to live alone and has resisted his children’s suggestions that he move in with either of them.
Registered Nurse Jenny has spoken at length to Chuck, who told the nurse that he does not want any medical treatment; he just wants to go to his penthouse apartment where he has lived for all of his life. Chuck said he knows his way around his apartment and is friendly with his doorman. He also said to the nurse, “my people will be there most of the time and they will assist me with any medication. I also have my dog GG, and he will look after me.”
Chuck has two adult children, Zoya and Julien (twins). Both his children live in Brisbane now, after returning from their childhoods abroad, and have regular contact with their father. They are concerned about their father and want to ensure he receives the best medical treatment possible. Chuck’s wife, Blair, passed away many years ago. However, he is very close to his neighbour, a widow, Serena. They spend a lot of time together, exchanging stories and having the occasional glass of whiskey. Serena has expressed a desire for Chuck to return home. Chuck has not executed an advance health directive, nor has he appointed an enduring power of attorney. A guardian has also not been appointed.
RN Jenny is concerned about who should make the decision about whether Chuck should be immediately discharged, or remain in hospital to receive medical treatment, and how that decision should be reached.
Apply the ethical and legal decision-making framework to this scenario.
Please note that following this framework, taught in tutorials, is crucial to passing this assessment piece.
This is not an essay.
If you don’t know what the framework is – or have no idea how to go about applying it – tutorials are your friend!
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