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Ethics of Nursing Practice

Online, self-paced CE course

Advocate for patients. Build trust for the profession.

Cost: US$30

CE Credit: 4.8 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 3 weeks

Enroll Now: Go to NCSBN's Online Campus Now

Audience: This program is for every nurse (PN/VNs and RNs) in every practice setting at every level of practice.

Integrate nursing ethics into your day-to-day practice!

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As a nurse, you are a trusted advocate for your clients’ right to self-determination.  At the same time, you need to honor your own values and those of your profession—all while negotiating increased caseloads and growing technology!

This self-paced course can help you find professional clarity as you answer timely questions, including:

  • What is the connection between my personal and professional values?
  • How can I better advocate for my clients health, safety and rights?
  • How can the Code of Ethics for Nurses guide my day-to-day practice?

For only $30, you will receive three weeks of unlimited, 24-hour access to the course materials, earning 4.8 contact hours.

Sign up today to start learning about morals and ethics in nursing!

Apply the nursing Code of Ethics…and see your professionalism grow!

Ethics of Nursing Practice will help you master these course objectives:

  • Recognize the human right to self-determination.
  • Describe the role of nursing regulation in upholding ethical nursing practice.
  • Apply the principle of fidelity to professional practice.
  • Participate in ethical arguments for practicing within the “Nursing Standard of Care.”
  • Identify professional nursing values.
  • Describe the role of the ethic of care in patient advocacy.
  • Recognize strategies for promoting moral action in nursing practice.


By better understanding client rights and their connection to the Code of Ethics for Nurses, you will be able to work more ethically… and confidently!

Study nursing and ethics at your convenience.

You will enjoy a fun e-learning environment as you:

  1. Learn by doing — Explore “Links to Knowledge,” visual and graphic aids, and key terms as you navigate through the course content.

  2. Solidify your knowledge — Complete fun and interactive exercises, including multiple-choice and matching assessments.

  3. Reflect on what you learn — Complete short-answer and essay questions in the downloadable workbook. Note: Completion of the workbook may be necessary to meet board of nursing requirements.

  4. Complete the course at your own pace — Guide yourself through the course and complete assignments at your convenience.

At the end of the course, evaluate your understanding of key concepts by completing the posttest. A score of 75% or above is required to receive your contact hours!

Build up your knowledge of nursing ethics… and your professional practice! Sign up now.

Author(s)

This course was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Kathleen Laganá, RN, PCNS, PhD

Dr. Laganá is Assistant Professor of Nursing and the Ethics and Legal Issues Lecturer at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing (Ashland). She is a March of Dimes ethicist and author of Ethical Decision Making for Perinatal Nurses. She speaks nationally on nursing ethics. As a legal nurse consultant, she gives expert testimony on the nurse’s obligation to advocate for the patient. Her research interests include the effects of cultural diversity on health. Dr. Laganá practices at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Women’s Services and the Family Birth Center in
Medford, Oregon.