Aristotle defined character as a state of being or having proper inner states. For instance, he indicates that the virtue of kindness entails having the right types of emotions as well as the inner states regarding the feeling that a person has towards others. Character according to Aristotle ought to be reliable, stable and fixed (Waller, 2011). Aristotle identified euadaimonia as one of the virtue ethics and identified it as right actions that results in the overall well-being of an individual. In general, this synthesis analyzes the virtue of character in relation to Cooke-Moore’s medical misdiagnosis.
The story of Elisha Cooke-Moore relates to eudaimonia and intellectual virtue especially when one analyzes the unfortunate occurrences with respect. The nurse, the surgeon Jessica Carson and gynecologist William Fitts acted contrary to the virtues of eudaimonia and intellectualism in many respects individually. For instance, if the nurse had wanted the best outcome from her actions, she would have taken time to review the results of the patient alone and even apply the virtue of intellectualism that would have compelled her to advise the patient to seek a second opinion regarding the results (Fowers, 2016). The nurse also failed to provide the patient with sufficient resources and information to make an informed decision.
Importantly, the plastics surgeon failed in her intellectual virtue in that she did not take time to review Cooke-Moore’s record ahead of the surgery to identify the anomaly. In addition, the gynecologist also did not counsel the patient in question to seek genetic counseling or better still identify another physician for a second opinion. The patient on her side did not care to find a second opinion over the diagnosis before submitting to the prophylactic surgeries. Moreover, the patient did not take to read carefully the results of her diagnosis which demonstrates how she abandoned the pursuit of obtaining the best outcome (Fowers, 2016). The actions of omission and commission by the nurse, the patient, the gynecologist and the surgeon demonstrate how they fell short of both eudaimonia and intellectual virtue.
Remarkable, the article provides many insights into the character of medical practitioners in the world today. For instance, the single act of carelessness by the nurse of misinterpreting the results and reading positive instead of negative changed the life of patient negatively for good (Bever, 2017). The immediate lesson that one learns is the importance of being keen on details. Medical reports and results require one to focus and avoid any form of disruptions that may interfere with the interpretation of the same.
Moreover, the article teaches us the value of exercising caution with patients. Medical practitioners should exercise extreme caution when dealing with patients to avoid worsening their situations as it was the case with Cooke-Moore. The surgeon and the gynecologist never exercised any form of caution and acted on the report from the nurse before even taking the time to go through the results (Bever, 2017). Ideally, had any one of them taken a moment to reread the results, the patient would not have gone through the surgeries, but their careless character caused the patient to undergo unnecessary surgeries.
It is important to indicate that focus remains an essential element to all medical practitioners. One needs to focus on what they do and while at it and stay away from all manner of destructions. The nurse who misinterpreted Cooke-Moore’s results might have focused on something else instead of the results she was reading. One can read with concentrating which explains the wrong results that Cooke-Moore received. Leunissen (2017) avers that focusing one’s mind on a task allows one to deliver quality services and also to remain effective and thorough. Overall, care as a character trait plays an integral role in any profession, but in nursing, it makes the difference between life and death. Cooke-Moore’s life changed due to a single moment of carelessness.