ERIC Number: ED202562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Final Narrative Report on Nursing Ethics at Delta College.
Pfeiffer, Raymond S.
This four-part report describes a project undertaken by Delta College to implement two required bioethics courses for nursing students: an introductory course in ethical theories and an advanced course in applications of these theories in nursing. After Part I relates how funding for the project was secured and used, Part II delineates the activities that were part of the Nursing Ethics Project, describing staff training efforts, course organization and activities, faculty workshops, and three consultation visits. Part III discusses the impact of the project, revealing that it has resulted in the permanent addition of the two ethics courses to the curriculum. Finally, Part IV presents a narrative self-evaluation, which summarizes the content of both courses and notes the following problems that were encountered: (1) the lack of a bioethics text requiring the development of a workbook; (2) the initial complaints of students who resented a suddenly added curriculum requirement; (3) difficulties experienced in preparing weekly quizzes; (4) the need to avoid specialized, philosophical terminology; (5) the objections of some nursing instructors that the courses lacked clinical relevance; and (6) the lack of discussion of ethical issues in other nursing courses and the danger of creating a separation between the study of ethics and of nursing. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Delta Coll., University Center, MI.