Health Law And Ethics –


(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

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

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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