This course provides an overview of bioethics as it applies to healthcare and nursing in the U.S. It begins by describing the historical events and forces that brought the bioethics movement into being and explains the concepts, theories, and principles that are its underpinnings. It shows how ethics functions within nursing and on a hospital-wide, interdisciplinary ethics committee. The course explains the elements of ethical decision-making as they apply both to the care of patients and to ethics committees. The course concludes with a look at the ethical challenges involved in physician-assisted suicide, organ transplantation, and genetic testing.
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide 2.50 hours of Ethics continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.
Marge Hegge, EdD, MS, MEd, RN, FAAN, is a distinguished professor emeritus of nursing at South Dakota State University. Hegge studied at the Kennedy Bioethics Center at Georgetown University and has designed and taught doctoral-level ethics courses. She served eight years on the ANA Ethics Advisory Board, the last four as chair. Most recently, she served as chair of the Steering Committee to revise the ANA Code of Ethics. She serves on several boards, including the Good Samaritan Society, a nationwide long-term care organization. Disclosure: Marge J Hegge, EdD, MS, MEd, RN, FAAN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Carol Taylor, PhD, MSN, RN
Disclosure: Carol Taylor, PhD, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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