Depictions of the Human Person: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing
Carter, D, De Vitis, M & Dulagil, E 2020, 'Depictions of the human person: a multidisciplinary approach to teaching ethics for advanced practice nursing', International Journal of Ethics Education, vol. 5, pp. 101–114.
Posted: 29 Apr 2020
Date Written: December 14, 2019
Advanced practice nursing (APN) is an expanding field within many healthcare environments around the world. The scope and particular focus of an advanced practice nurse’s role is highly variable and thus the ethical challenges they face are equally diverse. Yet, the dominant existing ethics pedagogies used in the nursing context have been described as not fit-for-purpose. Existing pedagogies do not adequately prepare APN candidates to meet the ethical challenges they will encounter in practice. Applying an arts-based pedagogy (ABP) in ethics education for advanced practice nurses has the capacity to provide effective ethics learning. This article reports on the value of a multidisciplinary pedagogy used in a graduate course in nursing leadership, law and ethics for advanced practice at an Australian university. Written in a multidisciplinary mode that allies with the pedagogy it presents, it addresses the key pedagogical challenges and opportunities of teaching ethics through an innovative arts-based pedagogy centred upon the changing depictions of the human person in works of art housed in a major state-funded art gallery.
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