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This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the principles and theories of ethical decision-making, as well as the ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in healthcare practice. You will learn how to identify and address ethical issues, and dive into patient autonomy, informed consent, end-of-life care. The course will not only walk you through the topics, but teach you how to apply the ethical principles and concepts in your own future nursing practice.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed these lectures, and found them very interesting. Looking forward to watching more as this is a very important topic for aspiring medical professionals.”
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Dr. Mark Hughes Mark, MD, MA, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a core faculty member in the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Dr. Hughes received his MD from Stony Brook University in 1992 and his MA in philosophy (bioethics) from Georgetown University in 2003. He is the co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. Dr. Hughes directs several courses in clinical ethics and research ethics in undergraduate and graduate medical education and continuing medical education.

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FAQs

Clinical ethics deals with the principles and theories of ethical decision-making in a clinical context, as well as the ethical dilemmas that healthcare professionals encounter.

Nurses are governed by a body of ethical conduct perpetuated through the work of the ANA, which is called the Code of Ethics for Nurses. It comprises the ethical principles nurses have sworn to uphold as licensed healthcare professionals. It is governed by four main principles: autonomy, beneficence, justice, and nonmaleficence.

Autonomy is when a person makes decisions based upon their own beliefs, feelings, and ideas without the undue influence of the desires of others. Allowing patients to operate autonomously or in accordance with their morality and values is a way for nurses to exhibit the traits of veracity in nursing.

Beneficence is the act of being kind and taking mercy upon others. As a nurse, you are granted the gift and charged with the tremendous responsibility of providing care to the most vulnerable among us. Performing duties with kindness, mercy, and charity are ways to uphold the ethical principle of beneficence in nursing.

You may have heard the phrase, “first, do no harm.” This refers to the ethical principle of nonmaleficence, where nurses are sanctioned to prioritize patient safety above all else.