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Ethical Principles in Rehabilitation Nursing

presented by Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FARN, FAAN

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Financial: Kristen L. Mauk receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kristen L. Mauk has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course is part of our CRRN(R) Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge CRRN(R) Prep-Program.

This course gives participants an overview of ethical principles and how they relate to rehabilitation nursing. Autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice are discussed. The ANA Code for Nurses helps to illustrate commonly held standards for ethical practice. Case studies are used to illustrate ethical decision-making and advance directives.

CRRN(R) is a registered trademark of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

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Dr. Mauk has been a professor of nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a professor of nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She…

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1. A Review of Common Ethical Principles

Rehabilitation nurses are held to high ethical standards of practice. This chapter covers basic ethical principles and the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses that help guide practice.

2. Advance Directives and Ethical Decision-Making

Rehabilitation nurses should be familiar with several types of advance directives in order to uphold patient autonomy in decision-making. Strategies for making difficult decisions in ethical dilemmas are covered here using case examples.

3. Applying Ethical Decision-Making in Practice

This last chapter of the ethics course encourages participants to analyze their own ethical decision-making process using several case scenarios. This interactive portion of the course will present several real-life dilemmas encountered by nurses across various rehabilitation settings.

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