Apr 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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NU 509 - Nursing Ethics

This course provides an opportunity for you to assess ethical and legal issues confronting nurses and other health care providers in a variety of health care delivery settings.  It focuses on the identification and analysis of legal and ethical concepts and principles underlying nursing and health care. Each unit of content is an opportunity for you to explore current ethical and legal issues that impact professional nursing and health care practice.  The course also focuses on ethical concepts, theories, and values applied in ethical decision-making that are related to a variety of ethical dilemmas in nursing practice and health care.  It promotes an examination of legal concepts and regulations under which professional nurses practice and notes that ethical and legal issues are often not mutually exclusive.  

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Examine the major ethical theories and ethical principles influencing ethical decision-making. 
  • Explore contemporary moral, legal, and ethical concepts that affect the practice of nurses and other health-care providers. 
  • Evaluate legal principles that must be considered when making health-care decisions. 
  • Apply ethical and legal principles to hypothetical situations that confront nurses and other health-care providers. 
  • Analyze hypothetical situations in health care that have ethical and legal implications for nurses as health-care providers.

Credits: 3

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