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Righting A Wrong: Ethics & Professionalism in Nursing

Online, self-paced CE course

Renew your commitment to ethical & professional conduct.

Cost: US$30

CE Credit: 3.0 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 3 weeks

Enroll Now: Go to NCSBN's Online Campus Now

Audience: This self-paced online CE course is designed for nurses in all practice settings at every level of practice. Any nursing student or nursing professional who works with patients and doctors will greatly benefit from this course.

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This course was developed by NCSBN in response to an identified need by boards of nursing. The purpose of the course is to help nurses, who have experienced disciplinary action, to better understand what the concepts of "ethics" and "professional conduct" mean to the profession and how to integrate professional ideals into their practice.
The course consists of an introduction, 5 course lessons, a glossary, a downloadable workbook, a reference list, Links to Knowledge resources, and a posttest. Also, within the course are several reflective and interactive exercises where learners can assess their understanding of the material.

At the completion of this online course, the learner will:

  • Relate the Staircase Model of Professional Development to the nursing code of ethics, standards of practice, Nurse Practice Acts and institutional policies as the basis for professional nursing practice
  • Describe the types of thinking that lead to wrongdoing
  • Demonstrate the ethically appropriate response to a mistake or professional shortcoming through disclosure, apologizing, and making amends when possible
  • Apply the STOP decision making model to clinical and professional situations
  • Construct a statement of commitment to society, the profession and those for whom the nurse provides care that reflects an ethically-based personal professional ideal

Start to better understand what the concepts of "ethics" and "professional conduct" today!

Invest in your nurse licensure... at your convenience!

If you have experienced disciplinary action, learn about how to renew your commitment to ethical and professional nursing practice through an interactive and thought-provoking e-learning experience.

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

  2. 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.

  3. Benefit from other’s experience –  Nancy Crigger, PhD, APRN, BC, MA and Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, two recognized nurse educators who have written extensively on nursing ethics and professionalism.

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

Take action to improve your practice, and protect your registered nurse license or licensed practical/vocational nurse license. 

Put integrated professional ideals into your practice! Sign up now.


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

Author(s): Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC and Nancy Crigger, PhD, APRN, BC, MA

Background: Nelda Godfrey is Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Dr. Godfrey’s BSN and PhD are from the University of Missouri, and her MSN is from the University of Kansas. Her research program of study includes leadership, virtue ethics, and professionalism. Dr. Godfrey has 21 years of PRN bedside nursing experience. She teaches leadership courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Background: Nancy Crigger holds a BSN from Kansas University, MSN from Texas Woman’s University, and an MA in Philosophy and PhD in Nursing from the University of Florida. Dr. Crigger became a Family Nurse Practitioner in post-doctoral work at the University of Central Florida. She currently teaches full time at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO and works part-time as an FNP. Nancy writes extensively on global and professional nursing ethics.