HEALTHCARE ETHICS AND LAW

NSG2HEL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Nursing practice is informed by, and framed within, the principles of law and ethics. The subject begins with an introduction to ethics, including an overview of the ethical theories and principles used in health care. Students are introduced to the law and to the notion of legal systems and will review the sources of law and learn to distinguish between criminal and civil law. The concept of 'duty of care' is explored, along with the potential to breach that duty of care, resulting in negligence. Students will examine the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of nursing and accountability in nursing practice.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRonald Picard

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEthics and Law for the Health ProfessionsPrescribedKerridge, I., Lowe, M. & Stewart, C 20134TH EDN, THE FEDERATION PRESS, ANNANDALE
ReadingsEthics, Law and Health Care: a guide for nurses and midwivesPrescribedMcDonald, F. & Shih-Ning Then 2014PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, SOUTH YARRA
ReadingsNSG2LEA La Trobe Library reading list (multiple resources)PreliminaryLa Trobe University2014
ReadingsEthics and Law for Australian NursesRecommendedAtkins, K., Britton, B. & de Lacey, S 2011CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand the ethical and legal nature of nursing practice.

Activities:
Outline the origins of common and parliamentary laws applicable to Australia, Singapore & Hong Kong. Describe the influence of legislation on nursing practice. Describe the influence of ethical concepts on nursing practice.

02. Identify and apply common ethical theories and principles.

Activities:
Identify the major ethical theories and principles applicable to nursing practice. Demonstrate an understanding of the major ethical theories and principles. Apply an understanding of ethical theory and principles to the decision making process within nursing practice.

03. Critically examine contemporary legal and ethical issues within nursing practice.

Activities:
Develop a well evidenced rationale to justify an ethical decision within nursing practice. Develop well evidenced rationales to critique aspects of legally questionable professional practice situations.

04. Critically reflect upon individual values and how these may influence a nurse's practice.

Activities:
Develop an awareness of personal views through the examination of ethically ambiguous hypothetical situations. Describe the role of conscience and personal values on the part of the health professional in the ongoing care of health care recipients. Apply an understanding of relevant legal, ethical and professional issues that may impact the role of conscience and personal values in the ongoing care of health care recipients.

Subject options

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Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRonald Picard

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 39.0 hours unscheduled online class other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"In this subject students will be assisted to examine the legal, ethical and accountability issues which impact on the practice of nursing. Individual responsibility of the nurse is emphasised through investigation of professional ethical and legal accountability, and forms of regulation. Current models for ethical decision-making are explored and applied in the analysis of selected ethical problems in nursing practice. Students are encouraged to examine and clarify personal and professional values and beliefs and develop a reflective approach to their practice."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 500 words.10 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1,000-word assignment - ethical decision makingOffshore students will do a Group activity for activity 3, onshore students will be assessed on participation in online activities.30 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2,500-word assignment - analysis of legal and professional issues60 02, 03, 01, 04

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRonald Picard

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 39.0 hours unscheduled online class other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"In this subject students will be assisted to examine the legal, ethical and accountability issues which impact on the practice of nursing. Individual responsibility of the nurse is emphasised through investigation of professional ethical and legal accountability, and forms of regulation. Current models for ethical decision-making are explored and applied in the analysis of selected ethical problems in nursing practice. Students are encouraged to examine and clarify personal and professional values and beliefs and develop a reflective approach to their practice."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 500 words.10 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1,000-word assignment - ethical decision makingOffshore students will do a Group activity for activity 3, onshore students will be assessed on participation in online activities.30 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2,500-word assignment - analysis of legal and professional issues60 02, 03, 01, 04

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRonald Picard

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 39.0 hours unscheduled online class other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"In this subject students will be assisted to examine the legal, ethical and accountability issues which impact on the practice of nursing. Individual responsibility of the nurse is emphasised through investigation of professional ethical and legal accountability, and forms of regulation. Current models for ethical decision-making are explored and applied in the analysis of selected ethical problems in nursing practice. Students are encouraged to examine and clarify personal and professional values and beliefs and develop a reflective approach to their practice."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 500 words.10 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1,000-word assignment - ethical decision makingOffshore students will do a Group activity for activity 3, onshore students will be assessed on participation in online activities.30 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2,500-word assignment - analysis of legal and professional issues60 02, 03, 01, 04

Mildura, 2018, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRonald Picard

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 39.0 hours unscheduled online class other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"In this subject students will be assisted to examine the legal, ethical and accountability issues which impact on the practice of nursing. Individual responsibility of the nurse is emphasised through investigation of professional ethical and legal accountability, and forms of regulation. Current models for ethical decision-making are explored and applied in the analysis of selected ethical problems in nursing practice. Students are encouraged to examine and clarify personal and professional values and beliefs and develop a reflective approach to their practice."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 500 words.10 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1,000-word assignment - ethical decision makingOffshore students will do a Group activity for activity 3, onshore students will be assessed on participation in online activities.30 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2,500-word assignment - analysis of legal and professional issues60 02, 03, 01, 04

Shepparton, 2018, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRonald Picard

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 39.0 hours unscheduled online class other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"In this subject students will be assisted to examine the legal, ethical and accountability issues which impact on the practice of nursing. Individual responsibility of the nurse is emphasised through investigation of professional ethical and legal accountability, and forms of regulation. Current models for ethical decision-making are explored and applied in the analysis of selected ethical problems in nursing practice. Students are encouraged to examine and clarify personal and professional values and beliefs and develop a reflective approach to their practice."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 500 words.10 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1,000-word assignment - ethical decision makingOffshore students will do a Group activity for activity 3, onshore students will be assessed on participation in online activities.30 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2,500-word assignment - analysis of legal and professional issues60 02, 03, 01, 04

Singapore, 2018, Week 02-13, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRonald Picard

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 02 - 13
One 20.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 02 to week 13 and delivered via blended.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 06 - 06
One 3.0 days lecture/workshop other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 06 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.
"In this subject students will be assisted to examine the legal, ethical and accountability issues which impact on the practice of nursing. Individual responsibility of the nurse is emphasised through investigation of professional ethical and legal accountability, and forms of regulation. Current models for ethical decision-making are explored and applied in the analysis of selected ethical problems in nursing practice. Students are encouraged to examine and clarify personal and professional values and beliefs and develop a reflective approach to their practice. This subject will be offered as an online elective for Australian based Bachelor of Nursing students and as a core subject in the BN degree program conducted in Singapore in conjunction with the Singapore Nurses Association. In off-shore delivery the subject will be taught over approximately 8-10 weeks with a three day face to face teaching block."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 500 words.10 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1,000-word assignment - ethical decision makingOffshore students will do a Group activity for activity 3, onshore students will be assessed on participation in online activities.30 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2,500-word assignment - analysis of legal and professional issues60 02, 03, 01, 04