Nursing: Ethical Issues with Older Adults, 2nd Edition

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About Course #N1934

Release Date: March 29, 2018

Expiration Date: March 29, 2021

By the year 2040, approximately one in five U.S. residents will be age 65 or older. Nurses are increasingly called upon to care for older adults and address their complex health issues. This course highlights the ethical issues that older adults and their families face as these individuals near the end of life, particularly in light of advances in medical technologies. The course presents the ethical frameworks and principles used to resolve ethical problems, identifies major ethical issues nurses face as their older adult patients make healthcare decisions, and provides a model for addressing ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings.

About the Authors

Sherry M. Cummings, PhD, MSW, MA, is an associate dean and professor at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in Nashville, where she has served on the faculty since 1998. Dr. Cummings holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia, Athens; a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and a master's degree in theology from Villanova University, Philadelphia.

Tennyson Dodd, BS, MTHS, is a graduate of Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University's Divinity School, both in Nashville. At Vanderbilt, he earned a master's degree in theological studies. He is currently pursuing his master of science degree in social work at the University of Tennessee in Nashville. During his time at the University of Tennessee, Mr. Dodd has provided psychotherapy services to children in Nashville's public school system and to students, faculty, and staff at a local university. Mr. Dodd also serves as a research assistant on issues of aging and mental health, housing, and refugees/immigrants.

Marcie Scott, MSN, RN, is a nurse planner at Western Schools. She has over 25 years of professional nursing experience, with a master's degree in cardiovascular nursing. Ms. Scott most recently worked as the Co-Director of Certification and Education at the International Association of Forensic Nurses, where she assessed member continuing education needs and developed online activities. She also served as a senior editor with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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