Ethics Foundations

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In this section, learners will explore the theoretical foundations of how many of our decisions are made. A number of philosophical theories will be explored, such as Utilitarianism and Deontology, and learners will dive into the most common approach to decision-making in health care: Principlism. After completing this section, learners should have a better understanding of the justification we can provide for our actions based on the theories/methods discussed.

 

Activity #1

Watch this short lecture on Traditional Ethical Theories.

Lecture Video: Traditional Ethical Theories (13:20)

Lecture Guide: Traditional Ethical Theories

 

Activity #2

Watch this short lecture on Principlism in Health-Care Ethics.

Lecture Video: Principlism in Health-Care Ethics (11:35)

Lecture Guide: Principlism in Health-Care Ethics

 

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Leadership for Nurses in Clinical Settings by Dr. Kirsten Woodend, Dr. Catherine Thibeault, Dr. Manon Lemonde, Dr. Janet McCabe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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