James J. Fletcher, PhD; firstname.lastname@example.org; James J. Fletcher received his BA from Iona College, his MA from Marquette University, and his PhD from Indiana University. He is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. He has been a member of the George Mason faculty since 1972 serving in a variety of teaching and administrative capacities, including 15 years in the Office of the Provost. He teaches courses in ethics, bioethics and philosophy of technology. His current research interests in the area of bioethics include organizational ethics for health care providers and end of life issues. In addition, he has written and presented extensively on higher education issues relating to faculty roles and rewards. He is the Ethics Collaborator in the Office of Health Care Ethics in the College of Nursing and Health Science. He also serves as a community member of the Prince William Health Systems Bioethics Committee for which he provides consultancies and educational programming.; email@example.com; Jeanne Sorrell, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University. Dr. Sorrell currently serves as Coordinator of the PhD in Nursing program and Coordinator of Special Projects for the Office of Health Care Ethics. She teaches courses in research and writing, as well as courses in the Advanced Clinical Nursing and graduate Nursing Education Certificate programs in the College. She has published articles on a variety of topics related to writing, education, and research and is currently coordinating the production of a videotape on Ethics of the Care of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Sorrell's interest in the ethics of dementia is also reflected in a current funded research project: Ethical Concerns in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia: Stories of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and their Families. ; firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Silva received her BSN and MS from the Ohio State University, her PhD from the University of Maryland, and her post doctorate in health care ethics from Georgetown University. She is a Professor and Director of the Office of Health Care Ethics, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, College of Nursing and Health Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (http://www.gmu.edu/departments/chp/ethics.htm). She currently teaches a doctoral course on "Ethics in Health Care Administration" and is engaged in scholarship and research related to health care ethics. Dr. Silva serves on the ANA Code of Ethics Project Task Force to revise the 1985 ANA Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. She is also a member of the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Ethics. ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENT; The authors wish to extend their appreciation to Barry Adams, RN, BSN for his generosity and forthrightness in sharing first hand the details of his whistleblowing experience. The case presented here is with the permission of Mr. Adams.
December 31, 1998