This course explores the philosophical theories and ethical principles used in approaching ethical problems in nursing and healthcare. The focus of the course is on the ethical challenges of the contemporary world, focusing on those related to the healthcare setting. Stress is placed on skill development in ethical reflection and analysis.
An introductory course to explore the role of the professional nurse in the ever-changing health care system with a view to empowering and solidifying that role. Students explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in professional nursing including, but not limited to, advances in nursing practice and role development, the increased use of technology in practice, ethics and legal issues in practice, concepts critical to leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration and systems thinking, and the increasing role of theory and research in advancing the profession and providing quality, safe patient care. Activities include values clarification, portfolio development, seminar leadership, group activities, and/or on-line assignments.