HEALTHCARE ETHICS AND LAW

NSG2HEL

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Nursing practice is informed by, and framed within, the principles of law and ethics. This subject begins with an introduction to ethics, including an overview of the ethical theories and principles used in health care. Students are then introduced to the law and to the notion of legal systems while reviewing the sources of law and examining the difference between criminal and civil law. Concepts including 'duty of care' negligence, end of life issues, whistleblowing, resource allocation, and conscientious objection will also be explored as students 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 Australian NursesPrescribedAtkins, de Lacey, Ripperger & Britton (2017).CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
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 the Health Professions (4th ed).RecommendedKerridge, Lowe, & Stewart, (2013).Kerridge, Lowe, & Stewart, (2013).

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Outline the origins of common and parliamentary laws applicable to Australia, Singapore. 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, 2019, 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 600 words.All students will be assessed on their participation in online activities.15 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1200 -word assignmentExploration of ethical dilemma & decision making35 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2200-word assignmentAnalysis of legal and professional issues50 02, 03, 01, 04

Bendigo, 2019, 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 600 words.All students will be assessed on their participation in online activities.15 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1200 -word assignmentExploration of ethical dilemma & decision making35 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2200-word assignmentAnalysis of legal and professional issues50 02, 03, 01, 04

Melbourne, 2019, 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 600 words.All students will be assessed on their participation in online activities.15 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1200 -word assignmentExploration of ethical dilemma & decision making35 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2200-word assignmentAnalysis of legal and professional issues50 02, 03, 01, 04

Mildura, 2019, 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 600 words.All students will be assessed on their participation in online activities.15 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1200 -word assignmentExploration of ethical dilemma & decision making35 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2200-word assignmentAnalysis of legal and professional issues50 02, 03, 01, 04

Shepparton, 2019, 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 600 words.All students will be assessed on their participation in online activities.15 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1200 -word assignmentExploration of ethical dilemma & decision making35 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2200-word assignmentAnalysis of legal and professional issues50 02, 03, 01, 04

Singapore (NursesLearningHub), 2019, Week 05-16, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRonald Picard

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 14 - 14
One 20.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 14 to week 14 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 600 words.All students will be assessed on their participation in online activities.15 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1200 -word assignmentExploration of ethical dilemma & decision making35 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2200-word assignmentAnalysis of legal and professional issues50 02, 03, 01, 04

Singapore (NursesLearningHub), 2019, Week 45-14, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRonald Picard

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 45
One 20.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day in week 45 and delivered via blended.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 45
One 3.0 days lecture/workshop other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day in week 45 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group activity or Individual participation in interactive online activity - equivalent to 600 words.All students will be assessed on their participation in online activities.15 02, 03, 01, 04
One 1200 -word assignmentExploration of ethical dilemma & decision making35 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2200-word assignmentAnalysis of legal and professional issues50 02, 03, 01, 04