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HNN714 - Ethical Dimensions of Nursing

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Megan-Jane Johnstone





Incompatible with: HNN414
Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


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 a decision-making framework, 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 and related health care domains. To this end, particular attention is given to the issues of: the nature of ethics in nursing; the relationship between the legal, clinical and ethical dimensions of nursing; cross-cultural ethics; patients' rights to and in health care; mental health care ethics; matters of life and death (e.g. abortion, euthanasia/assisted suicide; end of life decision making; quality of life); patient safety ethics (including: the responsibility of nurses to co-participate in processes aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of preventable adverse events in health care, reporting nursing errors, open disclosure, conscientious objection, and whistleblowing); ethical issues associated with reporting child abuse and neglect/elder abuse and neglect, and indigenous health as a special moral imperative.


Assessment task 1: Critical commentary on a select journal article OR prescribed case study addressing a substantive ethical issue (2000 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Critical essay OR critical case study on a practice related ethical issue (3000 words) 60%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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