Ethics and Health Management

Subject code: NS5338:03

This subject examines ethical principles and theories, and explores how managers may apply these in a healthcare context. It also considers the role of professional codes of ethics and formal statements of human rights in the determination of ethically acceptable practice.

The focus is on the application of ethical theory to everyday issues encountered by managers in healthcare settings, to promote the ethical standing of their own practices and those of others in the workplace.

 You will explore the following topics:

  • The place of ethics in healthcare management
  • Ethical decision-making frameworks and determinants of ethically acceptable practice
  • Integrating leadership roles and management functions in ethics
  • Promotion of an ethical workplace
  • Blending ethical and legal issues in practice
  • Valuing values in ethical practice.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Analyse ethical issues relevant to healthcare managers, drawing on a range of established ethical theories
  • Reflect on personal ethical philosophies as they apply to healthcare management contexts
  • Apply ethical theories and principles to relevant healthcare management contexts
  • Conduct health service management functions in ways that are ethically and professionally defensible, and that take into account formal statements of human rights and professional codes of ethics
  • Describe ways of creating and promoting an ethical workplace.

Assessment

Case study (due week 2): 20%
Oral presentation (due week 4): 30%
Reflective essay (due week 7): 50%.

This subject is part of the Leadership and Management major in the online Master of Nursing.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your JCU Online student advisor on 1300 535 919 for more information based on your particular circumstances.

 

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