Prudence in Nursing

Course code NURS2182Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course examines relevant professional, ethical, legal and cultural issues associated with the practice of nursing in Australia. Ethically well-reasoned decision-making is one of the hallmarks of professional practice. The main theme of the course is good practice in ethical decision-making and the mechanisms whereby nurses are held to be both ethically and legally accountable for their decisions. Students are encouraged to develop skills in critical thinking and ethical reasoning, with a particular focus on decisions to withdraw or withhold potentially life saving treatment. The development of cultural awareness and the impact of culture on the formation of values, how moral judgements are made and professional behaviour are all key aspects of this course.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable students to:

1. Develop critical thinking skills;
2. Demonstrate skills in ethical decision-making;
3. Discuss the nature and development of personal and professional values;
4. Evaluate case narratives of ethical dilemmas in health care practice using a moral reasoning strategy;
5. Reflect on personal values and how they affect moral judgements;
6. Explore various meanings of the term "culture";
7. Demonstrate understanding of cultural awareness, and its implications for clinical decision-making;
7. Appreciate the nature, extent of the cultural diversity that characterises contemporary Australia and its implications for the practice decision-making of health professionals;
8. Demonstrate an understanding of law as it applies to withdrawing and
withholding treatment;
9.Examine the concept of legal accountability with respect to negligence, professional misconduct and relevant provisions of the NSW Health Care Complaints Act (1993); and
10. Develop and demonstrate group-work skills.
ContentEthical decision making
Moral reasoning
Values; personal and professional
Culture and health
Codes of ethics and professional conduct
Negligence & professional misconduct
Withdrawing and withholding treatment at the end-of-life
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNURS1171 Introduction to Health Clinical Practice
NURS1181 Foundations of Nursing
NURS1272 Partnerships in Health Practice
NURS1291 Nursing Therapeutics & Health Breakdown
NURS1292 Nursing Therapeutics & Medications
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: On-lineEthics & Law Case Examination - Individual - 50%
Presentations - GroupMoral Reasoning Strategy - In class - 20%
Quiz - On-lineCulture and Values - Individual - 30%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks