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Health care professionals today are acutely aware of the need to understand the legal and ethical environment in which they practice. Ever-shrinking resources, shorter lengths of stay, high-acuity patients, availability of more complex information, diverse patient populations, and the use of technology mean that health care professions must understand the legal and ethical risks inherent in their practice.
Health care professionals today are acutely aware of the need to understand the legal environment in which they practice. Ever-shrinking resources, shorter lengths of stay, high-acuity patients, availability of more complex information, diverse patient populations, and the use of technology mean that health care professionals must understand the legal risks inherent in their practice.
Healthcare professionals face ethical dilemmas every day of their professional lives. Ethical decision-making is an important part of the care they provide to their patients and clients. A sound understanding of key ethical issues helps health care providers make appropriate ethical decisions during the course of their care.
With the advent of astounding scientific and technological advances in every area of health care, today’s health care environment is increasingly fraught with complex patient care issues. Health care professionals often have varying views on legal and ethical dilemmas that make it difficult to act in ways consistent with their own support for patient autonomy. The variation in individual state approaches to laws and professional standards, as well as specific codes of ethics makes ethical dilemmas challenging for many health care providers as well as patients and family members.
Personal health information is protected under federal law. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides for the protection and security of personal health information. Both health care professionals and consumers must understand the legal and ethical implications of this law and the effects of violations on the patient and the provider.
Medications promote healing, reduce suffering, and contribute to modern medical miracles. However, because thousands of new drugs have been developed recently, because the health care environment is increasingly complex, and because patients are older and often sicker, there is increasing risk for medication errors. This course will review the issues relevant to medication errors and provide guidelines for prevention.
Social media has many characteristics and has become part of the very fabric of today’s society. It can be immediate, irreverent, and incredibly powerful. The use of social media in all areas of life, especially healthcare, is growing exponentially. Used to effectively communicate and connect with other healthcare professionals, the community, and patients, social media also has tremendous risks when not used professionally. Guidelines to ensure its safe and proper use are essential.
The gift of organ donation is the gift of life. However, the gap between those who need an organ or tissue donation and the number of donations available is wide and growing. Health care providers need to understand the issues surrounding organ and tissue donation and recovery so they can effectively support the needs of donor families and donor recipients.
Workplace violence is an increasing problem in organizations today and is especially challenging in the health care industry. Considered a human rights issue, workplace violence affects the dignity of millions of people worldwide and is a major source of inequality, discrimination, stigmatization, and workplace conflict. The consequences to organizations and employees are staggering and include negative financial, safety, and health-related outcomes.
The goal/outcome of this certificate is for the learner to describe the legal and ethical risks, and the legal and ethical issues related to HIPAA rules, medication errors, social media and healthcare, organ donation, and workplace violence in their health care practice.
Certificate Objectives - Upon completion you will be able to do the following:
- Identify types of law and how the health care system is regulated.
- Describe the theories and foundations of ethics that support sound decision-making during the provision of care.
- Discuss the contemporary ethical dilemmas found in healthcare today.
- Identify the HIPAA rules that ensure that personal health information is protected.
- Describe the issues relevant to medication errors.
- Examine an overview of social media tools used in healthcare today as well as provide principles for the effective and professional use of social media.
- Discuss the complex and challenging issues surrounding organ and tissue donation and recovery.
- Describe the key characteristics and factors related to the prevalence of workplace violence.
Nurses, health care professionals, and interested individuals
Criteria for Successful Completion
Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course Evaluation Form.
Certificate of Completion is provided for individual courses once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.
Certificate of Completion is provided for certificate programs once all of the courses within the certificate program have been successfully completed per criteria above.
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Content Focus (For Occupational Therapy Only): Domain of OT
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