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Goals and Learning Outcomes

In any decision-making methodology, the primary objective of the nurse is to advocate for their patient’s right to autonomy and to safeguard their well-being. When nurses encounter moral dilemmas, they should grasp the sequence of making those decisions and the role that values play in informing decisions. The nurse must be familiar with and conscious of their own values. This is very important when making value judgments on behalf of patients and in ensuring that these judgments are based on the patient’s values.


The goal of this course is to equip nurses in the acute care setting with knowledge regarding making decisions in the face of ethical dilemmas and how to be an ambassador for their patients in those circumstances.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify how to determine decision-making ability in borderline cases.
  • Recall the nurse’s legal and moral responsibility in ensuring informed consent and the four factors needed for an informed decision.
  • Recognize moral distress, its causes, and ways to combat it.
  • Name the ethical dilemmas involving medical aid in dying, organ transplantation, genomic testing, and the nurse’s role in these dilemmas.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 12/01/22

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.