CPD Education

Continuing education in Bioethics for Australia

Basics of Conscientious Objection and Moral Distress for Nurses, Doctors and Health Care Practitioners

Basics of Conscientious Objection and Moral Distress for Nurses, Doctors and Health Care Practitioners



$40.00 USD for Medical Doctors (and other Health care Practitioners)
$30.00 USD for Nurses – Please use the following discount code to adjust the price: NURSE-BASICS

This online course provides the basics for understanding what conscientious objection and moral distress are. Module 1 gives the learner a brief of overview of conscientious objection in health care, in addition to outlining the associated concepts of the principle of autonomy and professional integrity. Module 2 concisely surveys the issue of moral distress, a key factor of health care burnout and reduced job satisfaction, and concludes by outlining the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ (AACN) 4 A’s to Rise Above Moral Distress (Ask, Affirm, Assess, and Act) which is a useful tool to identify and address moral distress. On successful completion of this course, the learner will have the basics to understand the issues of conscientious objection and moral distress in the clinical health care context.

Assessment for this course is via quizzes at the end of each module.

This online course can be taken at one’s own pace, and at completion the successful student will be issued with a certificate which can serve as evidence for CPD.

Note: This certificate will contain your profession (e.g. Medical Doctor, Registered Nurse, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Physiotherapist, Ethics Officer, etc.). When purchasing, there will be a rubric to fill stating your profession. Please make sure to fill it correctly as your certificate will present this information as per how you provide it.
Course duration: 1 hours (Tuition + Quizzes)

Continuing Professional Development:
This course is valid for CPD. Please retain certificate as evidence (if audited) and record as appropriate.
·  1 CPD hours for Enrolled Nurses (EN) and Register Nurses (RN) – Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia [NMBA]
·  2 CPD points for General Practitioners (GP) – Royal Australian College of General Practitioners [RACGP]
Note: This course is unaccredited but valid for CPD.

Registered and Enrolled nurses: Self-Record Continuing Professional Development hours. Nurse can undertake this course as a self-directed structured learning activity, Please see:  http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/FAQ/CPD-FAQ-for-nurses-and-midwives.aspx

General Practitioners: GPs can log onto the RACGP website and self-record unaccredited activities. GPs can self-record unaccredited category 1 activities and/or category 2 activities (category 2 are capped at a maximum of 10 hours for 20 points during the 2017-19 triennium). Please see: https://www.racgp.org.au/education/qicpd-program/gps/self-directed-learning/

Module 1: Conscientious Objections, Autonomy and Professional Integrity
 Conscientious Objections
·  Principle of Respect for Autonomy
·  Professional Integrity
Module 2: Moral Experiences and Moral Distress
  Moral Experiences in the Clinical Setting
·  Moral Distress and Its Consequences
·  AACN's 4 A’s to Rise Above Moral Distress

Learning Outcomes:
On the completion of this course students will be able to:
1.    Discuss the role of contentious objection in health care and explain how the principle of autonomy and professional integrity relate to conscientious objection.
2.    Identify and address moral distress in health care practice.
3.    Reflect on their own practice in relations to conscientious objection and moral distress.

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