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Nursing Ethics

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI and Jennifer McAnally, DNP

CE: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 15714 reviews

Course Summary

The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses contains nine provisions developed for nurses to guide them in everyday nursing practice, helping nurses carry out their responsibilities and the ethical obligations when caring for patients. Making ethical decisions is an essential part of nursing practice. It involves specific values, attitudes, and conduct that nursing as a profession carry forward to benefit patients, the profession of nursing, and society as a whole. Nursing ethics according to the ANA and case examples of each ANA provision are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

I.      Introduction
II.      Ethics, Values, and Morals
1.   Ethics
2.   Values
3.   Morals
III.      Ethics, Law, Religion, and Conscience
1.   The Nursing Profession and Ethics
2.   ANA Code of Ethics: Provisions and Practical Applications
3.   Provision Number 1
4.   Provision Number 2
5.   Provision Number 3
IV.     Other Provisions of the ANA Code of Ethics
V.     The Process of Making Ethical Decisions
1.   Ethical Decision Making
2.   Process of Ethical Decision Making
VI.     Case Study: The Revised ANA Nursing Standards and Scope
VII.     Summary


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