Course Summary

The relationship between a nurse and patient involves values of trust, responsibility, and care. The healthcare setting is a professional environment where a nurse interacts not only with patients and their family members but also with co-workers and other interdisciplinary health team members. Each profession has its specific ethical considerations, and ethics is an important part of the nursing role during daily interactions with health team members, in the delivery of patient care, and when engaging with patients’ family members. The following sections will examine ethics specific to the nursing profession.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  1. Ethics, Values, and Morals
  1. Ethics
  2. Values
  3. Morals
  1. Ethics, Law, Religion, and Conscience
  1. The Nursing Profession and Ethics
  1. ANA Code of Ethics: Provisions and Practical Applications
  1. Provision Number 1
  2. Provision Number 2
  3. Provision Number 3
  1. Other Provisions of the ANA Code of Ethics
  1. The Process of Making Ethical Decisions
  1. Ethical Decision-Making
  2. Process of Ethical Decision-Making
  1. Case Study: The Revised ANA Nursing Standards and Duty to Warn
  1. FAP Risk and Management
  2. Right to Know or Not, and Duty to Know
  3. Duty to Warn or Rescue
  4. Informed Consent
  5. Gene Banks and Ethical Aspects
  6. Discussion
  1. Summary


Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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