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The complexities of the healthcare landscape continue to challenge nurses' ethical and moral values. As healthcare evolves, so does the amount of moral distress that nurses are facing in their role. Ethical decisions often must be made in real time without chance for reflection or research. Understanding professional ethics and your own personal code of ethics may help you navigate each dilemma with compassion and confidence.

This evidence-based course is designed to build veracity in creating your personal code of ethics. Have you considered how you will address and respond to ethical dilemmas regarding abortion, end-of-life care, informed consent, be-havioral health, or genetics? Have you ever been asked to do something that was against your own personal beliefs? How do you know what to do?

This program provides foundational knowledge to explain the principles of ethics. It contains 18 case studies with reflective questions so you can explore and clarify your values. This course can be purchased as part of the full certificate program or as individual modules (without the pre- and post-assessment).


  • Pre-Assessment

  • Introduction to Healthcare Ethics

  • Ethical Dilemmas

  • Ethical Issues

  • Ethical Principles

  • Professional Ethics

  • Nursing Codes of Ethical Behaviors

  • Practical Ethics in the Healthcare Setting

  • Post-Assessment


Judith Hold, EdD, RN, teaches undergraduate nursing courses including professionalism and ethics, and palliative and end-of-life care at Kennesaw State University. She has been a nurse educator for 30 years in addition to practicing in diverse nursing fields. Hospice nursing, centering on the elderly, however, has been her prime and most recent interest.

Dr. Hold has a doctorate degree in instructional leadership from the University of Alabama. Her dissertation research focused on ethics, death and dying, and nursing education from a feminist and critical social theory lens. Dr. Hold's current research efforts continue to center on ethics and end-of-life care.


This course introduces learners to ways of classifying and organizing "levels" of ethics from the very abstract to the more practical (or from the practical to the abstract). Learners will be presented with a basic overview of meta ethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics, and learn how various theories and principles of ethics are interconnected. The importance of value analysis and how individual values have a place within the broader study of ethics will also be addressed.

CNE: 4.4


  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Healthcare Ethics

  • Case Study 1: Respect and Relational Ethics

  • Case Study 2: Veracity and Creating a Personal Code of Ethics


Balancing the right to healthcare treatment and individual rights in the context of professional moral and ...

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