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Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)7
First Published10 July 2018
Updated10 July 2018
Expires10 January 2019

Course Overview

This Video Learning Activity will emphasise the relationship between disclosure, truth and autonomy, and the use of ethical reasoning as part of a shared decision-making process. The unique relationship between the nurse and patient is discussed, and how this can be especially beneficial when obtaining outcomes that directly promote patient autonomy.

Topics include:

  • The ethical aspects of valid consent
  • The relationship between information and autonomy
  • How nurses employ professional discretion when providing information
  • Withholding the truth: can this be morally justified?
  • Truth, trust and the role of the nurse

Target audience

All nurses and midwives at all levels.

Purpose

To introduce the moral ambiguities that are associated with the disclosure of information required in the process of obtaining valid consent. Emphasis is placed upon the relationship between disclosure, truth and autonomy, and the use of ethical reasoning as part of a shared decision-making process. The unique relationship between the nurse and patient is emphasised, and how this can be especially beneficial when obtaining outcomes that directly promote patient autonomy.

Need

Although it seems simple enough to apply an ethical framework to everyday clinical practice, certain situations will always remain ambiguous and require careful reasoning to achieve an outcome that is both ethically sound and legally sanctioned. One of the most contentious of these issues is that of consent, which entails issues of truth and trust, and it is critical that all nurses understand the relationship between these concepts, and how they are represented to those in their care.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the relationship between truth, informed consent and autonomy
  • Describe how a person’s narrative shapes the information they should receive in order that they might provide valid consent
  • Explain how nurses have a unique professional and cultural role in obtaining valid consent
  • Describe how ethical reasoning can be applied in the process of shared decision making

Disclosure

The presenter and all members of the planning team have disclosed that they have no relevant financial commercial relationships to products or devices related to the content of this educational activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medication have been used. Courses include expert peer reviews of the content where applicable.

  • Video Recording Completed: 01/11/2012
  • Video Recording Location: Tasmania, Australia
  • Course First Published: 30/11/2012
  • Course Reviewed: July 2018
  • Course Republished: 11/07/2018
  • Course Expiry Date: 11/01/2019
  • Corrections / changes made: 06/07/2018
    • Small edits made to align video with current Ausmed practices

This CPD/CNE activity will expire on 11/01/2019 after which CPD/CNE hours will not be valid.

Educator

Portrait of Darren Wake
Darren Wake

Peripatetic and always intellectually restless, Darren Wake has pursued varied careers in journalism, media production, academic philosophy and nursing. As a nurse, he worked in the speciality areas of critical care, community care, remote area healthcare and education. As a formally qualified academic philosopher Darren taught undergraduate units in law and ethics in healthcare, although his principle research focus revolved around logic and the philosophy of language. Darren’s media production output can be found scattered about the Ausmed website and in his long forgotten days as a word monkey, he wrote for European publications such as The Scotsman, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and The Times. In 2014 Darren consulted to the Department of Health for the development of Consumer Directed Care policy and guidelines for remote area communities in the Northern Territory. These days he is the managing editor of a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom, and lives in Tasmania. In his spare time, Darren is currently studying a formal course in celestial navigation, just in case the inevitable zombie apocalypse messes with the world’s GPS satellite system.

Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)7
First Published10 July 2018
Updated10 July 2018
Expires10 January 2019
Topic Tags
Ethics
Professional Practice Issues
Professional Issues
Professional Development
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

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4.6

7 Total Rating(s)

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Brearne Barnes
13 Dec 2018

This was a great resource.

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Susan K March
16 Nov 2018

Well presented but remains an area of debate

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Esther Zoe Nunn
19 Sep 2018

I really appreciate ethical nursing information so I can better advocate for patient autonomy.

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rebecca morrissey
15 Aug 2018

Great

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Maureen Huggins
15 Jul 2018

Informative and interesting presentation

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Tanya Volzke
13 Jul 2018

Great content