Although initially an area associated with a distinct disciplinary study, such as philosophy, the subject of ethics is increasingly becoming everybody&RSQUO;s business. Increasing life expectancy with existent co-morbidities renders end-of-life care for older people much more complex and challenging. Within this, and many other contexts, ethical issues arise, as healthcare workers struggle to identify the best course of action within the context of differing and perhaps conflicting options. This course will address the issues of end-of-life life, research ethics, and public health ethics.
Judith Hold, EdD, RN, teaches undergraduate nursing courses including professionalism and ethics, and palliative and end-of-life care at Kennesaw State University. She has been a nurse educator for 30 years in addition to practicing in diverse nursing fields. Hospice nursing, centering on the elderly, however, has been her prime and most recent interest.
Dr. Hold has a doctorate degree in Instructional Leadership from The University of Alabama. Her dissertation research focused on ethics, death and dying, and nursing education from a feminist and critical social theory lens. Dr. Hold’s current research efforts continue to center on ethics and end-of-life care.