HNN714 - Ethical Dimensions in Nursing


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: H568, H569, H645, H665, H666, H667, H668, H669 , H672, H675, H771, H777, M701, M703.



Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HME711
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - online

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.

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