Applied Nursing Ethics, Leadership and Moral Courage

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
NURS 3415
Applied Nursing Ethics, Leadership and Moral Courage
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
4 hours/week
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through a variety of learning processes such as formal lecture, dynamic discussion and the application of knowledge to sort through real ethical case scenarios.

Course Description
This course focuses on applied nursing ethics and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses is strongly emphasized. Applied nursing ethics is a sub-category of ethics and it is involved with the translation of ethical principles to professional nursing practice. Classroom activities focus on nursing oriented practices for reaching ethical decisions when working with ethical problems and issues, including utilizing an ethical decision making model specifically designed for nurses. This course builds on prior leadership, viewing leadership from the perspective of individual and collective influence. This course provides students with the education and skills to act as leaders in the professional field of nursing, with specific emphasis on acts of moral courage.
Course Content

In this course applied ethics in nursing practice is the focus of discussion.  An outline of the concepts and specific content that will be addressed relative to this topic are listed below.  In addition, the core curriculum concepts will be integrated into this course.

  Ethical Perspective

  • CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses

Concepts and/or themes applied to nursing

  • Care
  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Dynamic professional leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Ethical problems
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Moral distress
  • Moral agency
  • Moral disengagement
  • Moral outrage
  • Gender equality
  • Cultural diversity
  • Cultural competence
  • Cultural safety
  • Global health
  • Duty to report
  • Safe practice
  • Public safety
  • Health policy
  • Social justice
  • Power differentials in professional relationships


Moral Principles as applied to nursing

  • Advocacy
  • Moral courage
  • Integrity
  • Veracity
  • Fidelity
  • Justice
  • Confidentiality
  • Respect for self-worth
  • Respect for dignity
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  • Recognize how leadership competencies in nursing are grounded in experience and guided by ethical values and responsibilities that are significant to nursing
  • Understand and apply nursing leadership in the form of advocacy and moral courage to their professional and personal lives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how ethical and legal considerations play out in nursing which include but are not limited to: client confidentiality, informed consent and duty to report
  • Apply selected moral principles to ethical problems encountered in nursing
  • Apply the directives as laid out in the CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses to decision making in nursing care
  • Develop and apply strategies and ethical decision-making models to ethical dilemmas in nursing
  • Apply the notions of nursing leadership theory to nursing actions, in particular those that are related to advocacy and moral courage
Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  A course evaluation schedule and other course evaluation information are provided in the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.  This is a graded course. 

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students


A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. 


NURS 3315 - Leadership: Partners in Health Promotion

Students in the BSN program are required to maintain a passing grade of 65% (C+) in all courses in order to progress in the program.


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