Normative Foundations

CPAP Performance Objective
Recognize, analyze and understand the normative dimensions of management and policy issues.

Evaluation Criteria
1.  Articulate a personal commitment to ethical public service.
2.  Demonstrate understanding of some key issues and major challenges regarding issues of cultural and normative diversity.

Ethical competence goes beyond our personal choices. Understand that free meals are rarely free. Sometimes it may take a Youtube cat video, but we each have a responsibility to influence others to make ethical choices.

Artifact 7:  An Ethical Journey through the Virginia EMS Symposium
As stated during my discussion of this artifact as evidence of presentation skills, this presentation on ethics within my profession has blossomed into a higher-level piece of my professional career.  Normative Foundations dramatically changed the lens through which I view the behavior of my emergency services professionals. One of the basic tenets Dr. Rees featured was that public administration required us to not only develop ethical competence, but to take action in accordance with our sphere. In a discussion at the Virginia EMS Symposium that occurred during a breakout session on ethics, not a single participant could recite more than one element of our profession's code of ethics. This initial presentation was delivered six times to smaller groups in southwest Virginia.  This artifact, while submitted here as a starting point and must be considered together with the derivative presentation and materials below. 

Artifact 17:  EMS Ethical Journey (Conference Version)
This presentation is a direct derivative of An Ethical Journey through the Virginia EMS Symposium prepared for PAPA 6414. As I have had the opportunity to speak at a number of professional conferences, it became clear that I needed to expand on the introductory material. Many of the individuals I was presenting too had virtually no knowledge of ethical theories or Aristotle, Kant, and Mill. The ethics of our profession are heavily impacted by all; I established a scenario and explained how each would view that patient and scenario.  I also expanded upon how each of us, through inaction, is contributing to normalization of deviance and provide a call to action.  As a profession, we are heavily marred by substance abuse and suicide. This presentation is currently slated to be delivered at multiple state conferences between June and November, 2018. 

Artifact 1:  Student Toolkit for Career Technical Education, Ethics Section
The journey through my portfolio leaves you with the first artifact.  I was profoundly moved by PAPA 6414 and my adventures at public safety conferences.  At the same time, each month a quick Google search of "paramedic arrested" returns far too many results.  Arrests for violating patients, sexual misconduct, and other offenses both large and small are frequent.  Dr. Goold, as the director of a paramedic program providing primary education for entry-level professionals, attributes these behaviors to a number of causes, but agreed that a lack of preparation in ethical conduct plays a role.  To that end, we crafted a section on ethics that begins to address ethics in the larger scope.  This section of the text clearly reflects my growth as a result within the MPA program, and both a personal commitment to and a deep understanding of the key issues facing my profession.