Ethical Issues and Decision Making for Respiratory Therapists, 2nd Edition- RT

About the Course:
This advanced level course covers the essential ethical principles for respiratory therapists and other healthcare providers.
The contents of this course include many ethical issues that respiratory therapists and others may encounter in patient care settings. Additional contents include discussions on professional moral dilemmas, ethical theories (e.g., utilitarianism, deontologic ethics (Kantianism), social contract theory, virtue ethics). Examples are used to illustrate principles that guide ethical decision making. Case studies are used throughout this course to reinforce understanding and learning of the essential ethical principles.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the study of ethics and the main differences across various schools of ethical theories.
  • Recognize the principles that guide ethical decision making in the health professions as listed in the American Association for Respiratory Care Statement of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
  • Explain the ethical decision-making process within the professional healthcare setting.
  • Discuss approaches to clinical decision making using the SOAP method.
  • Describe professional codes of ethics and the legal implications and repercussions within the guiding rulings of health professions.

About the Author:
Julio F. Turrens, PhD,
is professor emeritus of biomedical sciences in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He received his doctorate degree in chemistry (biochemistry) from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to his career in basic research, he has taught several courses in the areas of bioethics and responsible conduct of research to both undergraduate and graduate students. He designed the senior-level bioethics course, issues in biomedical sciences, that covers various topics ranging from ethics in society, science, and research integrity. He also designed a graduate-level course on responsible conduct of research. He has given numerous presentations on teaching responsible conduct of research and how to detect scientific fraud. He has served as a book reviewer for the book, On Being a Scientist, edited by the National Academy of Sciences and has also served as a consultant for the European Commission as a forensic expert on issues of research integrity.


How to receive credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete:
  • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and
  • payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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Disclaimer: The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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