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Course Description

End-of-life care presents health care professionals with many ethical challenges and dilemmas. Understanding ethical theories and ethical principles can provide a foundation for decision making. This course provides health care professionals with the tools necessary to make ethical decisions when providing care for patients at the end of their lives. Key ethical issues related to end-of-life care, including advance directives, euthanasia, medical futility, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, pain management, terminal hydration, organ donation, and considerations for the neonatal and pediatric patient are examined. In addition, guidelines for dealing with ethical dilemmas are also provided.

Course Purpose

The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to provide health care professionals with the tools necessary to make ethical decisions when providing care for patients at the end of their lives.

Course Objectives

Upon completion you will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the role of ethics in end-of-life care in health care today.
  2. Define ethics.
  3. Describe the key elements of the ethical theories of utilitarianism, deontology, Ross’s ethics, natural law ethics, ethical egoism, and virtue ethics.
  4. Describe the key ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, veracity, confidentiality, justice, and fidelity.
  5. Outline a method for analyzing ethical dilemmas.
  6. State the relationship between culture and ethics.
  7. Define brain death.
  8. List key items from the Dying Patient’s Bill of Rights.
  9. Describe two types of advance directives and explain their purpose.
  10. Define euthanasia and compare active versus passive euthanasia.
  11. Compare involuntary active euthanasia with voluntary active euthanasia.
  12. Describe assisted suicide and medical futility.
  13. List important considerations relevant to do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.
  14. Define terminal sedation and describe how and why it is utilized.
  15. Define the double effect.
  16. Describe considerations for the health care provider relevant to the voluntary refusal of hydration and nutrition.
  17. Describe issues related to the removal of mechanical ventilation and organ donation.
  18. Identify key issues related to end-of-life care of the neonatal and pediatric patient.

Topics

  • Advance Practice
  • Behavioral Health
  • Case Management
  • Home Health
  • Hospice
  • Long-Term Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Social Work

Professions

  • Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Education
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Other
  • Psychology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Social Work

Accreditation

American Board of Managed Care Nursing - The American Board of Managed Care Nursing recognizes all of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions' ANCC accredited courses for continuing education credit for Certified Managed Care Nurses (CMCNs).

ANCC—American Nurses Credentialing Center - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AOTA—American Occupational Therapy Association - American Occupational Therapy Association.

ASWB—Association of Social Work Boards - Association of Social Work Boards.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences - California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider Number PCE 1564. Course meets the qualifications for the stated hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

California Board of Registered Nurses - Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 14693 for the number of hours stated.

California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section - The California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section accepts continuing education offered by CA-BRN approved providers.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE BROKER after successful completion.

Florida Board of Massage Therapy - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Florida Board of Nursing - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of nursing (CE Provider # 50-12076). Courses are automatically submitted to CE Broker.

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Board of Respiratory Care - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions (CE Broker Provider # 50-12076) submits all continuing education records to CE Broker after successful completion.

NAADAC—The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors - ALLEGRA Learning is an approved provider with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) (Provider #813).

NCBTMB—National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork - ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Provider Number 451562-11.

State Accreditation

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for continuing education in...

  • All States
  • Texas
  • Cost: $35.00

  • Contact Hours: 3.50

  • AOTA CEUs: 0.35

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