This article describes a research project designed to investigate the relationship between ethics education and the use of ethics resources, confidence in moral decision making, and moral action in practicing nurses and social workers in the United States. There were 1215 respondents in this survey who were predominately Caucasian and female. The results indicated that those with professional ethics education or continuing education in ethics were more confident in their moral judgments, more likely to use ethics resources and moral likely to take moral action.
This article includes survey research, and if you do not like reading research, you may not like the course material. However, it is straight forward and fairly easy to read material and provides the licensed professional with factual information about the utility of ethics training in social workers and nurses. Since ethics is the most commonly required subject for continuing education in licensed professionals, this survey provides important information.
This ethics course is useful for psychologists, social workers and professional counselors who practice and need ethics continuing education. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of ethical principals in practice.
Authors: Grady, Danis, Soeken, ODonnell, Taylor, Farrar and Ulrich
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the utility of ethics education for nurses and social workers. Specifically, a professional will:
• Describe the relationship between ethics education and confidence in moral decision making
• Describe the relationship between ethics education and the use of ethics resources
• Identify the relationship between ethics education and the likelihood of taking moral actions
Citation: , Danis, Soeken, ODonnell, Taylor, Farrar & Ulrich (2008). Does Ethics Education Influence the Moral Action of Practicing Nurses and Social Workers? American Journal of Bioethics. April 8(4) 4–11.