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Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice

1.Text and Materials: Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities, Fifth Edition ISBN: 978-1-4963-9818-5

Publication Manual American Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed.). 2009 ISBN: 978-1- 4338-0561-5

2.Course Description: Introduces contemporary bioethical and legal issues confronting healthcare providers in a variety of settings. Focuses on the critical analysis of ethical theories and principles that enable ethical decision making in nursing such as resolution of conflict, role of patient, role of nurse and role of agency.

3. Learning outcomes:

The students will be able to identify the different legal and ethical aspects in the nursing practice (ACCN Essential V; QSEN: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration).

The students will analyze the legal impact of the different ethical decisions in the nursing practice (ACCN Essential V; QSEN: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration).

The students will understand the essential of the nursing law and ethics (ACCN Essential V; QSEN: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration).

4. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

• Explore images of nurses as participants in ethical decision making.

• Examine foundations, theories, and principles of ethical decision making. • Evaluate professional nursing codes of ethics and explain the significance to their

professional nursing practice. • Identify The Law and the Nursing Practice • Identify Liability in Patient Care • Identify The Law and the Nursing Practice • Identify Documentation Issues • Identify Nursing Law and Ethics in Employment and the Workplace. • Comparing and contrasting the identified codes; justifying the legitimacy of the codes

related to ethical principles and ethical standards. • Demonstrate ethical decision making. • Explaining the significance of using an ethical decision-making model. • Interpreting ethical theories and principles/standards which influence ethical decision-

making skills. • Discussing practices to promote environmental health; promoting environmental health

activities in the acute care setting/community. • Describe current issues related to nursing practice, health care, and the environment

locate professional sources of information to identify current ethical issues in nursing practice, health care, and the environment.

5. Course Requirements: See College Catalogue 6. This course will use a variety of learning experiences to attain the course objectives, including but not limited to lecture, online discussion, case study, assessment strategies, group and or individual exercises, team and individual presentation, and learning games. 7. Course Outline:

Date

Module/Topic

Assignment Quizzes/Research

WEEK 1

The Entry Into Practice: The Debate Rages On

Read Chapter 1& 2 DQ’s answer to main question is due Thursday 11:59 pm

APA Tutorial due Sunday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 2

Developing Effective Leaders to Meet 21st-Century Health Care Challenges

Read Chapter 3 & 4DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 3

Evidence-Based Practice

Read Chapter 5 & 6 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

Research Paper 1 announcement

WEEK 4

Unlicensed Assistive Personnel and the Registered Nurse Communication. Competency and Guardianship.

Read Chapter 7 & 8 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 5

Diversity in the Nursing Workforce

Read Chapter 9 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Research Paper 1 due Sunday at 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 6

Mandatory Minimum Staffing Ratios

Read Chapter 10 & 11 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 7

The Use of Social Media in Nursing: Pitfalls and Opportunities

Read Chapter 12 & 13 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 8

Medical Errors: An Ongoing Threat to Quality Health Care

Read Chapter 14 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 9

Collective Bargaining and the Professional Nurse

Read Chapter 15 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

Research Paper 2 announcement

WEEK 10

Whistle-Blowing in Nursing

Read Chapter 16 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 11

Academic Integrity in Nursing Education: Is it declining?

Read Chapter 17 & 18 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Research Paper 2 due Sunday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 12

Technology in Health Care: Opportunities, Limitations and Challenges.

Read Chapter 19 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

Final Research Paper/Case Scenario announcement

WEEK 13

Health Care Reform: The Dismantling of the Affordable Care Act

Read Chapter 20 & 21 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm Course Reflection Assignment announcement

WEEK 14

Professional Identity and Image

Read Chapter 22, 23, 24 & 25 DQ’s answer to main question is due Wednesday 11:59 pm

Final Research Paper/Case Scenario due Sunday 11:59 pm

Two posts to peers due Sunday 11:59 pm

WEEK 15 Course Reflection Assignment

Course Reflection Assignment

Course Reflection Assignment due Friday at 11:59 pm

WEEK 16

For week 16 there is no discussion topic.

Please use this forum for any questions or clarification of topics from the class

Please Note Schedule Times and Dates may change with DAVIS PLUS:

http://davisplus.fadavis.com/whitehead5/bonus_chapters.cfm

All paper submitted must be in APA format according to Publication Manual American Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed.).

2009ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5

Discussions: Discussion Question (DQ) Participation Guidelines: Students must post a minimum of three times in each graded discussion. The three posts in each individual discussion must be on separate days, the initial answer and two responses to peers. The student must provide an initial answer to the graded discussion posted by the course instructor, by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. EST, of each week. If the student does not provide an answer to each graded discussion topic (not a response to a student peer) before the Wednesday deadline, an automatic “0” will be issued for that week’s DQ. Subsequent posts, including essential responses to peers, must occur by the Sunday deadline, 11:59 p.m. EST of each week. *Credit for peer responses will be issued via the DQ rubric if peer responses are made without an initial DQ response.

NOTE: To receive credit for a week’s discussion, students may begin posting no earlier than the Monday at 12:01 a.m. EST. Unless otherwise specified, access to most weeks begins on Monday at 12:01 a.m. EST. Discussion Question (DQ) Submission Guidelines: Students must submit their initial, weekly DQ post in two separate areas. First, the student will submit their initial response via that week’s assignment link provided under the assignments tab as a Word document. Once this is done, the student will then copy and paste their answer onto that week’s DQ thread under the Discussions tab. Thereafter, all discussions and peer replies will be conducted via the DQ board. Failure to submit your initial DQ response to BOTH the assignments tab and the DQ thread will result in a “0” for that week’s DQ. Note: All DQ submissions will be monitored for plagiarism.

Students are also required to know the expectations or “etiquette” that pertains to the discussion board. Students who abuse this forum by making harassing, inappropriate or abusive statements will be removed and receive a zero (0). Remember, your participation is essential to connecting with other students and developing an online learning community. Further, often it is the deciding factor between receiving a higher or lower grade at the end of the term.

Assignments: Specific assignments, their due dates, and grading criteria are listed in this syllabus. You are accountable for both individual assignments and for providing a significant contribution toward your learning team’s collaborative assignments. Your course grade includes scores from both your individual and group assignments. You are also responsible for completing all assignments including readings, written papers, presentations, and class discussions. You will be graded on the achievement of the objectives, not on the effort you put into your assignments. All online discussions, written assignments and documentation of others’ ideas and words in presentations must be in APA 6th edition format. You have one opportunity to complete each assignment. Papers cannot be rewritten, and presentations cannot be re- given in an attempt to obtain a higher grade. Late Assignments: Due dates are established for reasons of equity. It is not fair to peers who complete assignments on time if other classmates have extra time to work on their assignments. It is also not fair to the professor who must grade assignments in a timely fashion. Therefore, 5% of the assignment points (i.e., 1 out of 20, 1.25 out of 25, .2 out of 40 will be deducted each day for late submissions.

8. Class Policies: All students are responsible for reviewing the School Catalog POLICIES

http://www.fnc.edu/publications/Cataloggeneral.pdf

STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS

Cheating or plagiarism is dishonest, undermines the necessary trust upon which relations between students and faculty are based, and is unacceptable conduct. Students who engage in cheating or plagiarism will be subject to academic sanctions, including a lowered or failing grade

in a course; and the possibility of an additional administrative sanction, including probation, suspension, or expulsion. Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work by using dishonest means. Cheating at FNC includes but is not limited to: Copying, in part or whole from another’s examination, paper, mathematical analysis, research or creative project, or the like; Submitting as one’s own work an examination, paper, mathematical analysis, research or creative project, or the like which has been purchased, borrowed, or stolen; or fabricating data; Consulting notes, sources, or materials not specifically authorized by the instructor during an examination; Employing a surrogate to take an examination, write a paper, do mathematical analysis, or complete, in part or wholly, an evaluation instrument; Aiding or abetting any act that a reasonable person would conclude, when informed of the evidence, to be a dishonest means of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work; and committing any act that a reasonable person would conclude, when informed of the evidence, to be a dishonest means of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work. Plagiarism is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work by representing the work of another as one’s own without the necessary and appropriate acknowledgment. More specifically, plagiarism is: The act of incorporating the ideas, words of sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof without appropriate acknowledgment and representing the product as one’s own work; and The act of representing another’s intellectual work such as musical composition, computer program, photographs, painting, drawing, sculpture, or research or the like as one’s own. If a student is in doubt about the nature of plagiarism, he/she should discuss the matter with the course instructor. Theft – Copying computer programs owned, leased, or rented by the College for use by the student in his or her course of studies is considered theft and will be dealt with according to the laws covering such actions and to the College norms for disciplinary actions. In cases like these, the Campus Dean will convene a Hearing Committee which will hear, investigate and render a report to the Campus Dean. This Committee will be composed of three members from the faculty or staff. According to the findings, the Campus Dean has the choice to make a decision. If this decision is not acceptable to those involved, a petition to the Dean to appoint an Honor Court must be signed by at least three people. The Honor Court procedure is explained in the Student Handbook.

Religious Holidays

Religious holidays are an excused absence, but not beyond the day for the holiday itself. Students should make their requests known at the beginning of the semester and arrangements must be made with the faculty member for missed work.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who may need special accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Services. In addition, students must contact the instructor so that arrangements can be made to accommodate their needs.

9. Grading Criteria:

Discussions 30% Research Papers 40%

Final Research/Case Discussion 20% Course Reflection 10%

Total 100%

10. Grading System:

93-100 A 85-92 B 80-84 C passing grade 0-79 F

FNU is committed to offering accessible courses to all students, in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of2008 (ADAAA), Titles I and II of the ADA of 1990, and Sections 503 & 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you require special accommodations, you have the right to receive services including but not limited to: customized assessments, individualized tutorial services, and other accommodations provided to you by faculty and staff. Please do not hesitate to contact our Student Services Office or Distance Learning department if you require any special accommodations.

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