University of Utah
Reflections on Ethical Considerations for Health Professions:
an interdisciplinary class for Nursing, Medical and Pharmacy students
First taught Fall, 1996
Penny Brooke, RN, MS, JD
Jay Jacobsen, MD
Susan Cameron, APRN
Samuel Shoemaker, MD, JD
How the course meets the eight criteria:
Overview: This interdisciplinary course will allow health sciences students to identify and discuss ethical issues faced by health care providers. Community service experiences will be reflected upon in relation to the course content.
Students from different health care professions will 1. Discuss ethical concepts and theories for ethical decision making; 2. Participate in an interdisciplinary health team service project; 3. Identify ethical issues that arise through service experiences as well as in health care settings;
4. Display an appreciation of how ethical dilemmas affect all members of the health care team.
Classroom discussions, lectures, student presentations, service project, and journals of service experiences.
Evaluation: Student participation as measured through class attendance, completion of service hours, achievement of objectives as documented in student journal and a final paper.
Active student participation as measured through class attendance and
- thoughtful, reflective contributions offered to class discussions - regularity of service hours satisfactorily completed and logged - depth and completeness of communication through reflective journals and final paper (copies to also be shared by student with community partner).
Week One: Introduction to Course
Week two: Ethical decision making and introduction to Moral Theories
cultural and religious issues
moral foundations and theories for decision making concepts
Week Three: who should decide/patient autonomy
role of autonomy
health team roles and family impacts on decision making surrogate decision makers
Week Four: Beneficence
Do no harm
Week Five: Issues at the beginning and end of life
neonatal care of uncertain benefit
living wills/Special directives
Euthanasia (active/passive)/Assistive suicide futile treatments
right to refuse treatments
Week Six: Health care issues and American Society
Week Seven: Scarce resources/Access to health care
Week Eight: Confidentiality/privacy issues
Week Nine: Economic impacts on decision making
managed care contracts
conflicts of interest
Week Ten: Wrap up
the health care team as agents of the patient and the institution
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 1997 15:40:32 MST
From: Renee Buchanan <RBUCHAN@ssb1.saff.utah.edu
Subject: Nursing 592