Everyday Ethics for Nurses was designed as an
6 hour continuing education module by Arlene Orhon Jeck. This is a self-contained learning module. There is a cost of $49.00 if the learner takes the test and earns the CEUs. Otherwise, there is no cost. It is appropriate and relevant as history of ethics in health care, as well as some current ethical issues. It could be used in college or for continuing professional education for nursing or allied health students. The 75-page booklet can be easily printed for use.
After completing the lesson the learner should be able to:
Discuss the historical events that led to the development of bioethics.
Describe four major bioethical principles.
Name three ethics functions within nursing.
Identify three functions of a typical ethics committee.
Describe three factors that must be present for a patients informed decision.
State the slippery-slope argument as it relates to physician-assisted suicide.
Target Student Population:
This learning module is appropriate for all nursing students and practicing nurses. Other allied health pre-professionals and professionals may also benefit.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Prerequisites that would be helpful include previous or concurrent nursing or allied health education.
Type of Material:
The learning module could be classified as either a tutorial or online course.
This learning resource could be used for individual use for continuing education, or for assignment in a college course for individual and group projects.
The technical requirements include a computer with an Internet connection, web browser, and Adobe Reader software for PDF files.
Evaluation and Observation
The strengths of this learning modules relate to the scope. The module includes
The history of bioethics in the United States,
The language of bioethics;
Ethics in nursing; Ethics Committees;
Process of ethical decision making and
References and links to additional learning resources.
The timeline of historical context went up to 2000, so there were many more recent developments that could be added for more current ethical discussions. Abortion was barely mentioned, in this module, although it is definitely an issue for pro-life nurses. Stem-cell debate and could also be discussed if revised to be more current.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning module is designed as an exploration of ethics in healthcare delivery systems.
The writing tone is interesting and onversational.
The learning module is extremely well organized.
Each chapter begins with chapter specific objective, learning content, and then followed by additional learning resources and review questions.
Although it is primarily text-based, there is a flowchart(algorithm) on making treatment decisions.
The primary weakness of this learning module is that it is only text-based resource; there is no interactivity. Prerequisite knowlege not stated. The page-turning delivery of learning content is not engaging.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The learning module is very easy to use for both students and faculty.
There are very clear instructions for use.
The site is easy to navigate.
It is self-contained and requires no other instructions.
All ethical terms and jargon are defined.
•It seemed that the only way to navigate was to go through the module page by page. I did not see a Table of Contents with links. It was unclear how many pages there were to go through until I reached the end. One note in the sidebar referred to a page number that was not included on the module, so there was some confusion. Sidebars were all lumped together, instead of being with the content they belonged with. Taking the test may have added some interactive component, but that would have added a significant cost.
Other Issues and Comments:
Very well-done and relevant. Adding current events and issues would be much better, though.