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HNN714 - Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Alison Hutchinson





Incompatible with: HNN414
Contact hours:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 x 1 hour online seminars (recordings provided)


This unit has as its focus a critical examination of the ethical dimensions of nursing. Using ethical principlism,
moral rights, virtue ethics, and cross-cultural ethics as decision-making frames, the unit aims to provide
students with an opportunity to explore and reflect critically on a range of key ethical issues arising in
contemporary nursing practice and related health care domains. To this end, particular attention is given to
the issues of: the nature of nursing ethics and the professional requirement to be ethical; the relationship
between the legal, clinical and ethical dimensions of nursing; cross-cultural ethics; ethical decision making;
vulnerability and dehumanisation; patients' rights to and in health care; mental health care ethics; matters of
life and death  professional judgment, moral quandaries and the demand to ‘take appropriate action’ to prevent
harm, professional obligations to report harmful behaviours; nursing ethics futures; and, the problem of inequities in health and health care.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (2000 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Assignment (3000 words) 60%

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