This course is designed to develop a caring response to the ethical issues nurses face in nursing practice. A foundation is provided in basic ethical theories, principles, and decision-making frameworks including the Code of Ethics for Nursing. Legal, regulatory, and policy implications are also explored as an important factor in guiding ethical decision-making for the professional nurse. Reflection specific to one’s own personal values and beliefs (morality) serve as an underpinning to understanding fundamental ethical principles and approaches in the complex health care environment.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon course completion, students are expected to be able to:
- Analyze personal and professional belief and value systems impacting one’s own nursing practice.
- Examine the value of the professional Code of Ethics for Nurses and its application as an ethical framework.
- Identify and examine legal and regulatory policies impacting nursing ethics.
- Recognize and analyze current ethical dilemmas associated with nursing.
- Apply ethical decision-making models for the nursing scope of practice.
- Evaluate the role of self and personal accountability in ethical behavior.