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NURS / RNBS 402 Course Description


Students will focus on ethical and legal issues impacting nursing and health care practice. Emphasis is on examining concepts, theories and values applicable to ethical decision-making.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1)       Explore contemporary moral, legal and ethical concepts that affect nursing and health care;

2)       Examine the major theories and principles influencing ethical decision-making;

3)       Utilize ethical decision-making models to evaluate ethical dilemmas;

4)       Apply legal principles that are essential to ethical decision-making.

NURS / RNBS 402 / 403 Reference Resources and Reading List

Related Library Book Call Numbers

     *RT 82

     *RT 82.8

     *RT 85

Required Text 

Butts, J. B, & Rich, K. L. (2015). Nursing ethics: Across the curriculum and into practice. (4th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Supplementary Resources

Burkhardt, M. A., & Nathaniel, A. K. (2014). Ethics and issues in contemporary nursing. (4th ed.). New York: Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1133129165 

Grace, P. J. (2018). Nursing ethics and professional responsibility in advanced practice(3rd ed.). Burlington, MA:  Jones & Bartlett Learning. RT85  .N8785 2018


Guido, G. W. (2014). Legal and ethical issues in nursing. (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.


Joel, L. A., (2011). Kelly’s dimensions of professional nursing. (10th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Medical.


Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2017). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application. (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. 


O'Brien, M. E. (2014). Spirituality in nursing: Standing on holy ground. (5th ed.).  Sudbury, MA:  Jones & Bartlett Learning, HBL RT85.2  .O37 2014


Pozgar, G. D. (2016). Legal and ethical issues for health professionals. (4th ed.). Burlington, MA:  Jones & Bartlett Learning,  HBL KF3821  .P69 2016


Sellman, D., & Snelling, P. (Eds.). (2017). Becoming a nurse :  Fundamentals of professional practice for nursing. (2nd ed.). Abingdon, Oxon.:  Routledge. HBL RT42  .B43 2017


Taylor, C., Lillis, C., & Lynn, P. (2015). Fundamentals of nursing: The art and science of person-centered nursing care. (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.


Journals and Articles

Ithis is just a small selection of journals- via the CINAHL database you have access to many many more scholarly peer-reviewed journals)

Nursing Outlook

Journal of Professional Nursing

American Journal of Nursing

Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics


A selection of free articles on the Nursing website


Decision making through the ethics lens Nursing Management, September 2013

The Institute of Medicine’s 2014 Committee on Approaching Death Report: Recommendations and implications for nursing Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, December 2014

Bedside nurse involvement in end-of-life decision making: A brief review of the literature  Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, April 2013

The Elder Justice Act: What nurses need to know AJN, American Journal of Nursing, September 2014

“Sign here:" Nursing value and the process of informed consent Plastic Surgical Nursing, March 2014

Moral distress in nursing AJN, American Journal of Nursing, March 2015

When is it safe to say “I'm Sorry”? Nursing2013, August 2013

Lessons learned from litigation: Maintaining professional boundaries AJN, American Journal of Nursing, July 2014

Assessment and management of patients who lack decision-making capacity  The Nurse Practitioner, March 2014

Making an ethical plan for treating patients In pain  Nursing2013, October 2013


Codes of Ethics

Canadian Nurses Association. (2017). Code of ethics for registered nurses. (2017 revision).

American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics with interpretative statements. (2015 revision).

International Council of Nurses. (2012). ICN code of ethics for nurses. (Revised 2012).

Nursing Council of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. (1989). Code of ethics. HBL RT85 N87 1989

DVDs and Media

The constant gardener. (2006). 

And the band played on. (2006).

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. (2017).

Ethical issues in nursing. (2006). Cypress, Calif. :  Cinema House Films.

Contents: Introduction: Concepts, values and decision making  - v. 2 Protection: Privacy, safety, and standards -- v. 3  Respect: Dignity, autonomy, and relationships. HBL AV RT85  E831 2006 (3 DVDs)

Websites and Apps

Illinois Institute of Technology. (2017). Ethical codes collection. Retrieved from

American Nurses Association. (2017). Ethics topics and articles. Retrieved from

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