UODK001 Philosophy and Ethics in Nursing

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2014
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Petr Slováček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Petr Slováček, Ph.D.
Institute of Paramedical Health Studies - Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course aims to provide students with basic terms in philosophy, ethics and nursing, to develop their ability to overview general life topics and specific professional situations, to develop their ability of structural thinking in their profession and to help the students form their own system of values with emphasis on humane and sympathetic approach to nursing care recipients. The course includes theoretical lectures of selected topics and practical seminar activities which apply philosophical and ethical knowledge in specific situations typical for nursing care. Emphasis is laid on understanding value priorities and attitudes in relation to own health and other people's health. Learning outcomes: Professional knowledge: The student demonstrates knowledge of frequent philosophical and ethical terms, of basic trends of philosophical thinking and thinking processes, as well as key gnoseological and ethical issues in nursing. The student understands and is able to explain the importance of working with a system of values, is able to characterize selected nursing patterns and paradigms. Professional skills: The student is able to apply various thinking processes (analysis, synthesis ect.) to deal with nursing and personal problems, is able to deal with typical ethically significant situations in relation with their profession, is able to display understanding and respect to the patient. The student is able to adopt a stance on most problems in health care. General ability: Student demonstrates an overview of life and professional situations on cognitive, affective and active levels, is able to work with information from various fields of study and is able to critically synthetize it, is able to act responsibly in situations connected with key values (life, health, facilitating behaviour). Competence: The student is capable to proceed rationally, compassionately and ethically in professional life and in most common life situations.
  • Lectures:
    1. Philosophy and ethics, ethics as a philosophical discipline
    2. Basic ethical stances, principles, values and theories.
    3. Ethics and religion, religion as the primary source of ethical rules.
    4. The rights of the patients, ethical rules in the legislative codex.
    5. Ethics in medicine and nursing - introduction.
    6. Ethical dilemmas in respect to science progress.
    7. Ethical issues in biomedical research.
    8. Ethical issues of assisted reproduction.
    9. Ethical issues in nursing care of the elderly.
    10. Issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
    1. Philosophy as a field of study. Specific philosophical disciplines. Philosophy in nursing care. Basic philosophical terms.
    2. Being and existence. Ontology in nursing care. Existentialism, logotherapy and existentialist analysis. Frankl and Fromm's thinking in respect to health and illness.
    3. Pain and its dimensions. Thanatology. Problems of dying and death and connected ethical issues. Time as a philosophical category, subjective time of the patient.
    4. Gnoseology. Knowledge in medical professions. Sensory perception. Gnosis - epignosis - diagnosis - prognosis. Present gnoseological issues, gnoseology of database and cyberspace.
    5. Logic. Principles of right thinking. Work with concepts and terms.
    6. Axiology. Value systems. Classification and application of values. Health as a value. Altruism and facilitating behaviour.
    7. Holism and conceptual paradigms of nursing. Concept background of conventional and alternative medicine.
    8. Nursing theories and models. F. Nightingale and her attitude to philosophy. Henderson, Orem, Gordon, Johnson, Leiniger's models. Orland's nursing theory.
    9. Ethics and bioethics. Ethical issues and dilemmas in relation with the beginning of life and its course. Autonomy and respect for man.
    10. Ethical issues of nursing care. Ethical issues in the fields of pharmacology and research. Ethical codex. Informed consent and advance directives.
    required literature
  • ADAMCZYK, R. Filozofie a etika v ošetřovatelství - elektronická studijní opora. Opava: Slezská univerzita v Opavě, 2012. URL info
  • ANZENBACHER, A. Úvod do filosofie. Praha, 2010. info
  • HAŠKOVCOVÁ, H. Lékařská etika. Praha: Galén, 2002. ISBN 80-7262-132-7. info
    recommended literature
  • FROMM, E. Umění milovat. Praha: Český klub, 2010. ISBN 978-80-86922-32-4. info
  • CAKIRPALOGLU, P. Psychologie hodnot. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2009. ISBN 978-80-244-2295-4. info
  • EDWARDS, S. D. Philosophy of nursing: an introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001. ISBN 978-0-333-74991-3. info
  • FRANKL, V. E. Lékařská péče o duši: základy logoterapie a existenciální analýzy. Brno: Cesta, 1995. ISBN 80-85319-39-X. info
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: Přednáška 10 HOD/SEM.
Teacher's information
Attendance in a minimum of 90 per cent of seminars and preparation of following outputs are required for completion: Glossary of terms in philosophy and ethics - checked by tutor.
Seminar work - an essay on an assigned topic, alternatively a synopsis of a literary work on an assigned topic.
Credit test - a minimum of 70 per cent of correct answers are required.
Self-study of assigned reading - checked by tutor in an oral session.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018.
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