304 Nursing and Healthcare Ethics – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, Pharmacological Basis in Nursing, Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory and Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical; or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course is designed to develop the foundations of decision-making in health care ethics. Decisions are based primarily upon a Judeo-Christian value system which has clear expression in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Core assumptions of ethical systems used in health care ethics decision-making frameworks and models will be identified, evaluated and discussed. Critical examination of clinical cases provides opportunity to analyze ethical decisions as related to professional nursing, biophysical, and psychosocial concepts.