Nursing Ethics

Nurses encounter ethical concerns and dilemmas in all facets of their professional lives. This course will focus on critically examining these concerns and dilemmas through the lens of ethical theory. Although the course will survey a number of theoretical approaches, it will focus on feminist health care ethics in order to capture the interface of ethics and politics. A number of substantive issues will be examined including those pertaining to nurse-patient relationships, the moral agency of nurses, the beginning and end of life, health policy, public health, and globalization. Throughout, the course will make visible the recurrent themes of power, nursing competence, and the importance of human connectedness and difference in nursing ethics. In-class 3 hours/week

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Elizabeth Peter