Applying the Theory of Utilitarianism within the Nursing Hom

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On fall break of 2004, October 19, I went to the White Oaks Nursing Home. I went there to volunteer and visit an old friend of the family. While there I did a lot of observing. I began to think of the Utilitarianism Theory and how it applies to some of the ethical issues dealt with in the nursing homes. The utilitarianism theory simply states that we ought to produce the most happiness or pleasure that we can and reduce suffering and unhappiness. According to the principle of utility, what is morally right is based on that which promotes the most amount of happiness. In other words, if you are not doing something which brings happiness then, it is not morally right, but if it is what brings you the most amount of happiness then it is right. While at the nursing home, I thought about if the Utilitarianism Theory was the best theory to abide by when consid Continue...


It was movie time and they were suppose to be watching the movie. I was observing a group of elderly ladies. Most refer to their religious beliefs and what have been taught to them. I see it on talk shows, in court, and on the street. Things like this happen all the time where someone finds them self trying to figure out what is morally right and what would have been morally right. The elderly help me get ideas for papers, they give me advice, and most importantly they listen to my problems from time to time. ering if something was morally right. She began to curse the nurse out because she said everyday the nurse would give out popcorn and skip her and she was tired of it. Miss Rosa was happy because she got some popcorn and the nurse was happy because Miss Rosa was no longer acting up. I would encourage anyone to go there. I think that is the case a lot of the time with the theory of Utilitarianism because a lot of the time people tend to do what makes them happy without thinking. Not may refer to the Utilitarianism Theory or any other theory and if they do go by a theory they do not realize it. So, to get Miss Rosa to be quiet she just gave her some popcorn, but Miss Rosa is not allowed popcorn because of her health status.