CPD Education

Continuing education in Bioethics for Australia

Understanding Patient Consent for Nurses, Doctors and Health Care Practitioners

Understanding Patient Consent for Nurses, Doctors and Health Care Practitioners



$120.00 USD for Medical Doctors (and other Health care Practitioners)
$90.00 USD for Nurses – Please use the following discount code to adjust the price: NURSE-CONSENT

This online course provides a thorough understanding of consent in health care. Module 1 examines informed consent and implied consent in patient care. Additionally, this module also explores disclosure, the principle of autonomy and capacity for decision making. Module 2 discuss surrogate decision making, its delegation and the standard for such decision making (substituted judgement, pure autonomy and best interest), in addition to briefly examining decision making in cases of paediatric patients and those with intellectual disabilities. Module 3 will impart how paternalism and undue forms of influence negatively impacts on the patient’s ability to freely consent. On successful completion of this course, the learner will have a good understanding of consent in clinical practice.

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: 3 hours (Tuition + Quizzes)

Continuing Professional Development:
This course is valid for CPD. Please retain certificate as evidence (if audited) and record as appropriate.
·   3 CPD hours for Enrolled Nurses (EN) and Register Nurses (RN) – Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia [NMBA]+
·   6 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: Informed and Implied Consent, Disclosure, Autonomy and Capacity for Decision Making
  Informed Consent
·  Implied Consent
·  Standards of Disclosure
·  Truth-telling
·  Principle of Respect for Autonomy
·  Capacity for Decision Making
·  Competency for Decision Making
·  Distinction between Capacity and Competency
Module 2: Surrogate Decision Making and Patients requiring Proxy Consent
  Delegation of Decision Making
·  Guardianship
·  Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
·  Living Will
·  Surrogate Decision Making
·  Substituted Judgment Standard for Surrogate Decision Making
·  Pure Autonomy Standard for Surrogate Decision Making
·  Best Interests Standard for Surrogate Decision Making
·  Pediatric Decision Making
·  Pediatric Patients: Consent and Assent
·  Informed Consent for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Module 3: Paternalism and Influence
·  Forms of Influence
·  Undue Influence

Learning Outcomes:
On the completion of this course students will be able to:
1.    Explain forms of consent in health care, including informed and implied consent.
2.    Identify the requirements for patients to make health care decision freely and competently.
3.    Recognise when proxy decision making is required and explain the commonly employed standards for such proxy decision making.
4.    Identify paternalism and form of undue influence in order to avoid their negative effects on patient consent.
5.    Reflect on their own practice in relation to patient consent.


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