Ethical Issues and Decision Making for Respiratory Therapists, 3rd Edition

About the Course:
This is an advanced-level course that covers many ethical principles that respiratory therapist may face in the patient care setting. These ethical issues will be discussed in detail, and there are further discussions and case studies that address professional moral dilemmas and ethical theories. Illustrations on how to make ethical decisions are included.

Learning outcomes:
  • Describe the study of ethics and the main differences across various 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
Heather O’Connell, MSM, RRT, ACCS, CPFT, 3rd Edition Author
Heather O’Connell has been a respiratory therapist for 15 years. She has worked in many different areas of the field, such as critical care, pulmonary function and bronchoscopy, and labor and delivery. Heather earned her associate’s in science from Edison State College, her bachelor’s in cardiopulmonary sciences from the University of Central Florida, and her master’s in healthcare administration from Southern New Hampshire University. She worked as a clinical preceptor from 2010 until 2015, when she became a full-time director of clinical education for respiratory care at Florida Southwestern State College. She has taught various classes such as Assessment, Mechanical Ventilation, and Therapeutics. Heather has also participated in course revisions for Western Schools and authored a chapter in Linz’s Comprehensive Respiratory Diseases. Heather began working for Elite as the respiratory care planner in 2020 and has published multiple courses at Elite. 

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • 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.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content. Elite implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.
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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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