Conscientious Objection: Balancing Beliefs and Patient Wellbeing


About the Course  

Episode 1: Explore the historical underpinnings of ethical foundations, examining the evolution of oaths for physicians and nurses, and grasp the growing impact of personal beliefs on healthcare ethics. Examine the challenges encountered by healthcare professionals, delve into legal considerations, and acknowledge the vital role of supportive leadership in nurturing a patient-centered environment.

Episode 2: In this episode, delve into institutional policies, informed consent, and the challenges healthcare providers encounter when navigating ethical dilemmas. Emphasizing the need to respect cultural and religious beliefs, discuss informed consent meaningfully, and support patient-centered care. Uncover the complexities of conscientious objection and its impact on patient care in this thought-provoking discussion. 

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize ethical tension that can arise when healthcare professionals' personal beliefs conflict with certain medical procedures 
  • Evaluate the legal and ethical framework surrounding conscientious objection in healthcare, including the responsibilities of healthcare professionals in such situations. 
  • Identify the importance of patient autonomy, informed consent, and shared decision-making in resolving ethical conflicts. 

About the Presenter

??Dr. James V. Stowe, J.D., R.N. is both a nurse and attorney, obtaining a nursing degree from Auburn University and Juris Doctor from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. He practiced in the legal field concentrating in part on medical claims before returning to hospital administration. Dr. Stowe is currently the Director of a large Emergency Department. 

How to Receive Credit  

  • Listen to the entire recording which requires a 1 hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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