Essay Writing Exercise

 

The EBAS Ethics and Boundaries Essay Examination (E&B) is a computer-based essay test requiring a written 4-part response case scenarios.  The essay response must focus on the ethical or boundary issue assigned to each scenario.  Each case scenario will address a specific topic as selected by test committees from the EBAS Test Plan.  The test requires that the applicant demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate ethical and boundary protocols and judgments necessary in daily job performance.

PLEASE NOTE:  The setting of the scenarios that you will be asked to evaluate may NOT be specific to your profession, occupation or sanction.  You should be able to identify and address the ethical/boundary issues that are presented. Such issues can occur across a wide variety of professional settings.

The following practice exercise provides an opportunity for you to become familiar with the component instructions, the text boxes which expand to accommodate unlimited writing, as well as the use of the keyboard to practice typing responses.  This exercise is similar to the computerized writing format you will be using at the testing center.  Be sure to preview all 4 component directions before you begin to write to help you create a more cohesive written response.

Specifically, this essay writing exercise tool enables you to become familiar with the four (4) components and their directions:

I.  INTRODUCTORY OPINION STATEMENTS: Referring to the given scenario and its assigned focus, present several statements about the ethical issues and concerns involved.  Additionally, identify when/how the licensee disregarded professional conduct standards.

II. CONSEQUENCES: Discuss several consequences that could arise from the above scenario to all involved parties.

III. SOLUTIONS: Identify the actions needed to resolve the ethical violation(s) described in the above scenario, and include what could prevent such violation(s) from occurring in the future.

IV. PUBLIC PROTECTION:  Explain how the actions of the licensee compromise the community’s safety and welfare, and provide several reasons why these actions are considered to be an ethical violation.

The practice exercise below offers unlimited keyboard/typing practice for your upcoming essay examination.  Type in your response for each of the five (5) practice scenarios provided.  At the test site, you will be able to navigate between the “text boxes” within the same essay only; however, the scrolling feature as found in the EBAS website is NOT available at the test center

You may print out your essay responses (use “Control + P” to enable screen printing) in order to evaluate/score them.  In order to grade your responses, refer to the Scoring Criteria.  Once you have finished writing your responses to a scenario, simply delete existing responses to enable additional practice.  To create your own scenarios, refer to the Test Plan and type new responses.

While practicing, you may want to use a timer in preparation for the 60-minute writing session allowed per each essay during the actual examination.  At the test center, you will have a maximum of 60 minutes to develop a 4-part essay response for each of the five (5) case scenarios.  If you are concerned about your typing skills or speed, you may want to consider using one of the free typing programs on the Internet, such as www.goodtyping.com prior to taking the exam.  PLEASE NOTE:  EBAS does not endorse any typing programs available online.

The essay response must focus on the ethical or boundary issue assigned to each scenario.  Content and expression of ideas are weighted more in the grading than grammar, punctuation, or spelling. However, you are encouraged to write using complete sentences when composing essay responses.

The EBAS website does not grade, record, or track the use of this exercise.  EBAS does not provide any feedback for these practice sessions. 

Practice Scenarios

PRACTICE SCENARIO #1

A licensed practitioner had a habit of pouring a cocktail for himself at the end of office hours.  He usually waited until he was alone.  One Friday evening, the receptionist was taking a longer time than normal to close up, so he decided to invite her to join him.   The receptionist agreed, but became uncomfortable when the nature of the conversation turned to comments about her large breast size.  As she stood up to leave, he insisted on a hug and forcefully pressed himself against her.  The next day when she tried to discuss her concerns about the previous evening, the practitioner responded by saying: “If you have issues, you can quit.”
 
  • Focus essay responses on issues concerning “BOUNDARY VIOLATIONS
I.  INTRODUCTORY OPINION STATEMENTS: Referring to the given scenario and its assigned focus, present several statements about the ethical issues and concerns involved.  Additionally, identify when/how the licensee disregarded professional conduct standards.
 
II.  CONSEQUENCES: Discuss several consequences that could arise from the above scenario to all involved parties.
III. SOLUTIONS: Identify the actions needed to resolve the ethical violation(s) described in the above scenario, and include what could prevent such violation(s) from occurring in the future.

IV. PUBLIC PROTECTION:  Explain how the actions of the licensee compromise the community’s safety and welfare, and provide several reasons why these actions are considered to be an ethical violation.

 

PRACTICE SCENARIO #2

A practitioner runs a general medical practice as well as a neurological testing company set up in two adjoining suites.  All of his patients are instructed to make an additional appointment with the office manager in the suite next door, regardless of their symptoms; additionally, he does not disclose his financial interest.  He then bills and receives payment from the patient’s insurance companies for services rendered at both offices.
 
  • Focus essay responses on issues concerning “FRAUD

I.  INTRODUCTORY OPINION STATEMENTS: Referring to the given scenario and its assigned focus, present several statements about the ethical issues and concerns involved.  Additionally, identify when/how the licensee disregarded professional conduct standards.

II.  CONSEQUENCES: Discuss several consequences that could arise from the above scenario to all involved parties.

III. SOLUTIONS: Identify the actions needed to resolve the ethical violation(s) described in the above scenario, and include what could prevent such violation(s) from occurring in the future.

IV. PUBLIC PROTECTION:  Explain how the actions of the licensee compromise the community’s safety and welfare, and provide several reasons why these actions are considered to be an ethical violation.

PRACTICE SCENARIO #3

A new patient is very concerned about a possible disc herniation in his neck after researching his symptoms on the Internet.  The chiropractor explains that he has helped many patients with similar conditions.   The patient tells him that he does not want to spend a lot of money.  The doctor reassures him that an evaluation or imaging is not needed in this case, and then proceeds to manipulate the neck with several forceful adjustments.  The next day, the patient returns to the office complaining of severe neck pain.  The doctor tells him that this is often a normal response and that treatments should continue until he feels better.  Treatment notes are minimal and nonspecific.  After three additional weeks of treatment with no improvement, the patient goes to an emergency room and told he needs disc surgery as soon as possible.
 
  • Focus essay responses on issues concerning “PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS”

I.  INTRODUCTORY OPINION STATEMENTS: Referring to the given scenario and its assigned focus, present several statements about the ethical issues and concerns involved.  Additionally, identify when/how the licensee disregarded professional conduct standards.

II.  CONSEQUENCES: Discuss several consequences that could arise from the above scenario to all involved parties.

III. SOLUTIONS: Identify the actions needed to resolve the ethical violation(s) described in the above scenario, and include what could prevent such violation(s) from occurring in the future.

IV. PUBLIC PROTECTION:  Explain how the actions of the licensee compromise the community’s safety and welfare, and provide several reasons why these actions are considered to be an ethical violation.

PRACTICE SCENARIO #4

A patient reports to the hospital administration that the treating nurse smells like alcohol and yesterday gave the patient the wrong medication.  During an investigation, the nurse admits she drank several martinis an hour before coming to work only that day, because of a stressful situation, and that it was an exception to her usual behavior.

  • Focus essay responses on issues concerning “SUBSTANCE ABUSE

I.  INTRODUCTORY OPINION STATEMENTS: Referring to the given scenario and its assigned focus, present several statements about the ethical issues and concerns involved.  Additionally, identify when/how the licensee disregarded professional conduct standards.

II.  CONSEQUENCES: Discuss several consequences that could arise from the above scenario to all involved parties.

III. SOLUTIONS: Identify the actions needed to resolve the ethical violation(s) described in the above scenario, and include what could prevent such violation(s) from occurring in the future.

IV. PUBLIC PROTECTION:  Explain how the actions of the licensee compromise the community’s safety and welfare, and provide several reasons why these actions are considered to be an ethical violation.

PRACTICE SCENARIO #5

A licensed nurse practitioner provided daily in-home care to a dying patient.  On one visit, the licensee noticed a small highly-collectible figurine in a glass corner cabinet case.  She asked the patient about it, and he said it had belonged to his late wife.  She asked if he would let her have it.  The patient replied, “no, I can’t do that because it means too much to me.”  Once the patient was asleep, she took the figurine and then arranged for a substitute caregiver to work the next two days.  Upon arriving home that evening, she discovered a small envelope with five $1,000 bills tucked inside the figurine.  On the third day when she returned to work, the patient was upset and told her the figurine was missing.  The licensee promised the patient that she would report the missing item on his behalf to the appropriate supervisor, stating further, “I am sure my substitute stole that from you, and I will make sure this situation is dealt with.”
 
  • Focus essay responses on issues concerning “UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

I.  INTRODUCTORY OPINION STATEMENTS: Referring to the given scenario and its assigned focus, present several statements about the ethical issues and concerns involved.  Additionally, identify when/how the licensee disregarded professional conduct standards.

II.  CONSEQUENCES: Discuss several consequences that could arise from the above scenario to all involved parties.

III. SOLUTIONS: Identify the actions needed to resolve the ethical violation(s) described in the above scenario, and include what could prevent such violation(s) from occurring in the future.

IV. PUBLIC PROTECTION:  Explain how the actions of the licensee compromise the community’s safety and welfare, and provide several reasons why these actions are considered to be an ethical violation.