Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions - RD80

Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD
(4.3 / 95 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (8.00 CPEU)

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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.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 1050, 5100, 5410, 5430, 7110 and performance indicators of 1.2.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.6, 1.1.8.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 3/4/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/26/2012
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.

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Bridget L - Lee's Summit, MO  ·  Jan 12, 2018
Useful ethical course.
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Kathy S - Plano, TX  ·  Nov 15, 2017
Great overview on Ethics and decision-making
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Jennifer O - Durango, CO  ·  Oct 18, 2017
Pertinent and valuable information.
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AMANDA R - Fort Myers, FL  ·  Sep 22, 2017
great review on ethics
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Alicia B - Dacula, GA  ·  Aug 31, 2017
important fro line of work ans skill set
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