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Mae Khaila B. Auman


1. In your own view, explain why KNOWLEDGE is considered as the primary element of the
human act? And cite examples base on your experience.
 Knowledge is considered as the primary element because we think and process
what we know in order to derive a certain decision, or in order to determine
what is needed to be done, of course, with the will of the person to do so. For
example, I chose nursing freely and voluntarily as my course for I know that this
would suit my passion as a person. This decision was easy for me because I have
the basic ideas of it and thus, contribute to the making of my decision.
2. They said that WILL cannot choose to do or not to do which is not known to the
INTELLECT. Agree or Disagree? Explain your answer.
 Agree because we base our decisions from things that we know. We choose
what course of action to do depending on the knowledge we have as the
baseline data. Without knowledge, we cannot decide what we want or how we
want to do it. It’s just like a house; it cannot stand without its pillars.
3. VOLUNTARY ACT is synonymous with HUMAN ACT. Why or why not? Please explain your
thoughts clearly.
 For me, voluntary act is similar to human act as to it both implies that actions
that the agent will do precedes from own will with the agent having knowledge
and freedom of their own.
4. As a novice student nurse, you tend to experience this thing called FEAR when you are
about to care for your assigned patients. How does fear possibly affect your
performance in the Clinical Practicum? Cite examples on the types of fear that you
personally experience on your first day of duty.
 As a newbie on the field, making mistakes was my greatest fear. It is because
lives are at stake. Fear could never possibly leave me especially that we rotate
each day and change roles. Fear distracts me and never lets me focus on my role.
It lets me forget things even I know way before. Charting TPR was one of the
things that I have been taught to before, but in the field, it seems like I forgot
how to do it and have to constantly ask just to know that I haven’t had any
mistakes yet, and so sometimes I got stuck or hang up on what I do because I still
need it to be checked. It slows the pace of progress of my work.
5. A staff nurse working in a private hospital is told by the medical director who is
gynecologist to assist him in tubal ligation of a post D.R. case for purposes of preventing
further conception as per the request on ground of having many children already.
The said nurse knows it is immoral. Yet, she assists out of fear of losing her job if ever
refusal is made. Is the nurse morally accountable for her act of assisting out of fear?
 Yes, she is morally accountable. She knows what she did and thus she knows that
there is another option though it might be risky for her. Fear is not acceptable
reason or an excuse to do what we know is morally wrong.