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Details
CPD50m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)6
Published10 July 2018
Expires10 January 2019
Review Due06 November 2018

Course Overview

This Video Learning Activity explores the practical application of ethical principles to the everyday clinical environment by showing how nursing occupies a very distinctive ethical position, not just within the contemporary healthcare system, but within the broader culture of our society as a whole.

Topics include:

  • The problems of abstracted ethical theory
  • How nurses make practical use of ethics in healthcare
  • Narrative, and its importance in obtaining outcomes that are meaningful
  • Can nurses be replaced?

Target audience

Nurses and midwives in all areas of professional practice, as both the nursing and midwifery professions are committed to ethical decision-making in their practice.

Purpose

Review exactly how nursing has placed narrative at the centre of bioethical debate and in doing so has established an unparalleled framework of practical ethics that seeks to obtain outcomes that are genuinely meaningful to individuals in their care. Further, by examining how the profession achieves this, it will be shown how nursing occupies a very distinctive ethical position, not just within the contemporary healthcare system, but within the broader culture of our society as a whole.

Need

Over the past three decades, nursing has shifted its attitude regarding the purpose of ethics, and embraces the complexities of the individual through the development of a nationally endorsed Code of Ethics for Nurses. In doing so, nursing has established itself as unique in bridging the gap between theory and narrative. By applying ethical principles in a genuinely practical manner in everyday practice, nurses are now consistently obtaining outcomes that are meaningful in relation to the values and beliefs of those in their care. Understanding how this came about, and why it happens, is fundamental to understanding the role of nursing in contemporary society.

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

  • Describe the purpose of practical ethics and the ethical role of the nurse
  • Identify the problems of ethical theory
  • Explain the importance of a person’s narrative to ethical debate

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: 01/12/2012
  • Video Recording Location: Tasmania, Australia
  • Course First Published: 14/05/2013
  • 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
CPD50m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)6
Published10 July 2018
Expires10 January 2019
Review Due06 November 2018
Topic Tags
Ethics
Professional Practice Issues
Professional Issues
Professional Development
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

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4.7

6 Total Rating(s)

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Karen Church
20 Oct 2018

Thank you for your understanding.

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Esther Zoe Nunn
18 Sep 2018

Thank you so much for a fascinating VLA insight into why ethics is so important in nursing.

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patricia lowe
10 Aug 2018

An excellent VLA

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Susan K March
27 Jul 2018

A complex issue presented well

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Deanne Gradon
27 Jul 2018

Educating tutorial reinforced previously gained knowledge.

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Jenny Ellis
20 Jul 2018

Excellent resource,great presenter