Course Overview

Brief

This Video Learning Activity explores the practical application of ethical principles to the everyday clinical environment by reviewing the internal and external ethical frameworks that give rise to the moral obligations of nurses, with a focus on the ethical reasoning that informs whistleblowing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the ethical obligations of the nurse
  • Explain the ethical reasoning that informs the act of advocacy
  • Identify those circumstances where advocacy is required

Topics include:

  • The internal and external ethical frameworks that give rise to the moral obligations of nurses
  • The ethical reasoning that informs whistleblowing
  • Moral courage and the nursing profession
  • The ethical reasoning that informs advocacy
  • Advocacy in practice and why nurses excel at speaking up for those in their care

Target audience

All nurses and midwives at all levels.

Purpose

Explore what motivates nurses to advocate, and to examine the concept of advocacy in depth. In particular, special emphasis will be placed upon the consequences of advocacy and why the choices made by nurses on an everyday basis will have far reaching impacts.

Need

There are times in clinical practice where there is an incongruity between the outcomes expected by those in care, and what those providing that care perceive their obligations to be. Nurses are ideally situated to identify when this incongruity is present, and represent the values, beliefs and expectations of those in care so that meaningful outcomes can be obtained. Understanding the ethical model that informs the act of advocacy is critical to performing this act in the most optimal manner.

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.

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