Health Law And Ethics – hcs478 (3 credits)

The legal and ethical aspects of the nurse’s role in the delivery and management of health care are examined in this course. This course will introduce ethical responsibilities and decision-making models related to various health care situations while exploring legal accountability to the individual, clinical, and health care providers.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Introduction to Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues

  • Explain the relationships between legal and ethical issues.
  • Determine nursing situations that require ethical decisions.
  • Determine personal values and professional ethics.
  • Describe the role of the professional nurse in relation to accountability and responsibility.

Professional Ethics

  • Analyze ethical theories and principles.
  • Explain ethical dilemmas in various settings.
  • Apply decision-making skills in resolving ethical dilemmas.

Legal Considerations

  • Discuss the judicial process and health care laws.
  • Analyze professional standards of practice.

Impact of Law and Ethics on Practice

  • Determine common legal and ethical cases in the nursing profession.
  • Analyze current issues and trends affecting nursing practice.
  • Evaluate nursing decisions for level of ethical impact.

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