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Bioethics for Nursing

PHL 230

Bioethics for Nursing

PHL 230

Course Description

Addresses basic ethical concepts, principles, justification, and reasoning. Applies them to ethical issues and cases involving professionalism, confidentiality, veracity, paternalism, informed consent in the context of nursing. (30-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Clarify, distinguish, apply and evaluate in writing and orally the use of the basic vocabulary and concepts essential to critical thinking in the field of health care ethics.

Objectives:

  • Define terms.
  • Distinguish appropriate from inappropriate uses of terms.
  • Identify cases to which the concepts apply and assess the degree to which they apply.
  • Use these concepts and the vocabulary to evaluate arguments on opposing sides of the ethical issues and cases studied in the course.

Apply ethical principles orally and in writing to ethical problems in nursing.

Objectives:

  • Explain when and why a principle is upheld by a given act and when and why it is violated.
  • Clarify the areas of common ground among ethical principles and the areas of difference among them.
  • Describe and clarify the interrelationships among the ethical principles.

Demonstrate in written and oral work a clear understanding of the nature of ethical problems and the reasoning that supports alternate positions on those studied in the course.

Objectives:

  • Identify, state and clarify ethical problems in the nursing profession.
  • Formulate and evaluate the main arguments on various sides of the issues studied.
  • Point out the strengths and weaknesses of the main arguments.

Develop in written and oral work the ability to formulate and evaluate arguments to support positions on different sides of ethical issues studied in the course.

Objectives:

  • Assess the degree of support that relevant ethical principles provide for main positions on the issues studied.
  • Identify, distinguish and formulate ethical and non-ethical arguments.
  • Construct arguments to support viewpoints on ethical issues and cases, state objections to these arguments, and defend the arguments against objections.