Ethical Principles in Rehabilitation Nursing

presented by Kristen L. Mauk

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This course is part of our CRRN® Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge CRRN® Prep-Program.

This course gives participants an overview of ethical principles and how they relate to rehabilitation nursing. Autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice are discussed. The ANA Code for Nurses helps to illustrate commonly held standards for ethical practice. Case studies are used to illustrate ethical decision-making and advance directives.

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Meet Your Instructor

  • Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN

    Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She earned a BSN from Valparaiso University, an MS in Adult Health from Purdue University, a PhD from Wayne State University, a Post-Master’s GNP certification from University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Valparaiso University. Dr. Mauk has 37 years of experience in chronic illness nursing, rehabilitation, and gerontological nursing and teaches in these specialties at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is certified in rehabilitation, as a gerontological nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. She has authored or edited eight books, including three that were recognized with an AJN Book of the Year Award. She has served on editorial boards for Rehabilitation Nursing and Geriatric Nursing and has written numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Mauk is a frequent presenter at conferences at the regional, national, and international levels. She is the Co-Founder and President of Senior Care Central/International Rehabilitation Consultants, providing educational, clinical, and legal nurse consulting in rehabilitation and senior care in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Mauk is also a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and has served ARN in many roles, most significantly including the Council of Leaders, Editor of the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum, PRN course faculty, the task force to develop the ARN Professional Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Model, and Editor-in-Chief of Rehabilitation Nursing. Some of Dr. Mauk’s recognitions include: Suzanne Smith INANE Mentoring Editors Award (2017), Nominee for the 2016 National Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers, three AJN Book of the Year Awards (2017, 2010, & 1999), CASE/Carnegie Indiana Professor of the Year (2007), VU Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), ARN Educator Role Award (2007), and the ARN Distinguished Service Award (2005). Dr. Mauk has taught nurses and students in China over the past few years. She has a passion for helping other countries to develop rehabilitation nursing into a strong specialty to promote quality care for their aging populations and those with disabilities.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. A Review of Common Ethical Principles

    1. A Review of Common Ethical Principles

    Rehabilitation nurses are held to high ethical standards of practice. This chapter covers basic ethical principles and the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses that help guide practice.

  2. Advance Directives and Ethical Decision-Making

    2. Advance Directives and Ethical Decision-Making

    Rehabilitation nurses should be familiar with several types of advance directives in order to uphold patient autonomy in decision-making. Strategies for making difficult decisions in ethical dilemmas are covered here using case examples.

  3. Applying Ethical Decision-Making in Practice

    3. Applying Ethical Decision-Making in Practice

    This last chapter of the ethics course encourages participants to analyze their own ethical decision-making process using several case scenarios. This interactive portion of the course will present several real-life dilemmas encountered by nurses across various rehabilitation settings.