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Short Course in Law and Ethics for Nurses

There are potential risks that manifest in all areas of nursing care and therefore nurses have a legal and ethical duty surrounding and encompassing all that they do. The Code of Ethics in nursing is the foundation of ethical decision-making and is aimed at informing nurse practitioners and the public of the ethical and moral principles applicable to nurse practitioners in the performance of their duties. Despite this, every year nurses are involved in cases that invariably include a failure of duty of care at some level. The purpose of the course is for nurse practitioners to understand the ethical values and principles of the code of conduct and how the law interprets relevant codes of practice and standards.

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Contact tuition: 2 Days 


R 4,700.00 (Inclusive of VAT and all taxes)

Accredited Institution

The Foundation for Professional Development

Who should enrol?

Nurse practitioners

Course Design
  • Ethical standards and values that form the foundation for professional code of conduct;
  • Legislative framework, standards of practice, competency frameworks, scope of practice of different categories of nurses
  • Ethical principles (social justice, non-maleficence, veracity, fidelity, altruism, caring)
  • Ethical decision-making for practice;
  • Patients’ rights;
  • Professional conduct;
  • Consent;
  • Professional misconduct and unethical behaviour (SANC);
  • Ethical dilemmas (termination of pregnancies, trading of products of conception and other human parts; participation in and/or conducting clinical research; providing healthcare and specifically nursing care to vulnerable, stigmatised and marginalised persons);
  • Conscientious objection;
  • Conflicts between individual, social and professional values (euthanasia; intimidation and violent acts in the workplace; and participating during strikes and boycotts etc).
  • Situations of conflicting values (diverse cultures, sexual orientation, etc.);

To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop and successfully complete the assessment process.

About the FPD Nursing School

The FPD strategic direction focuses on rapidly expanding FPD’s educational offering (both formal qualifications at under- and postgraduate level and professional development courses). This will involve expanding the number of FPD schools, curricular development and instructional design capacity and leveraging FPD Group ICT capacity to enter into strategic partnerships with international e-learning providers and expand FPD’s offering of blended and e-learning courses. In designing curricula FPD will embrace a user-centric design and incorporate ethical decision making in curricular design during this strategic cycle. The massive shortage of healthcare professionals in Africa, has been highlighted respectively, by the World Health Organisation and the Academy of Sciences of South Africa’s report on Reconceptualising Health Professional Education.