Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions - CHES80

Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD
(4.5 / 31 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (8.00 CECH)

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This course provides guidelines for evaluating and resolving patient-care dilemmas, including "to feed or not" cases. Includes advance directives, bioethics, competency issues, moral judgment development, ethics committees.


At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
  1. Understand the legal and medical terminology used in bioethics.
  2. Be familiar with current ethical issues of healthcare, especially those related to nutrition.
  3. Understand the history and evolution of bioethics, and the philospohical foundations for current court decisions.
  4. Be able to list organizations which are concerned with ethical standards in healthcare.
  5. Understand and define the concept of moral or ethical decision-making, and cite examples of moral decisions.
  6. Be able to state and discuss the dietitian's role in ethical dilemmas concerning feeding of critically ill patients which are likely to arise in day-to-day practice.
  7. Understand the role of the Ethics Committee and how the dietitian may act as a consultant in patient nutritional issues.
  8. Be familiar with the current state statutes that define the law concerning withdrawing and withholding of feeding.
  9. Define the concept and execution of advance directives, and cite the states that recognize these devices.
  10. Cite current literature and resources that offer further reading in the ethical issues of healthcare.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 8.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 3/4/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/31/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Ellen M - Wantagh, NY  ·  Dec 24, 2017
complicated but informative
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Helen F - Norfolk, VA  ·  Aug 11, 2017
quite a lot of information that possibly could have been divided into 2 distinct areas
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Erica J - thonotoassa, FL  ·  Jul 19, 2017
great review I learned a great deal
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Keaira G - Mc Calla , AL  ·  Jul 17, 2017
The information presented in this course was very useful but was very very dense due to the density of the information.
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Leesa S - Austin, TX  ·  Jul 07, 2017
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