Nursing Home Ethics Case Studies
He instructs each of his students to read a short fictional story and summarize it into a case study.
Nash then critiqued the case study using principalist ethics—a common ethical framework in medicine.
Nash wrote that based on the condensed form, bioethicists would likely criticize the anesthesiologist for dismissing Audrey's concerns, but he argues that there are more subtle dynamics to the story that should be considered.
Rather than this being a story about a woman with a lack of autonomy, he argues, it's a story about a woman whose male doctors are condescending toward her.
In the story, a middle-aged woman named Audrey needs a hysterectomy.
The night before her surgery, Audrey is told by a male anesthesiologist that prior to surgery she has to remove her dentures.