Course: Ethical and psychological aspects of nursing

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Course title Ethical and psychological aspects of nursing
Course code KOS/P7EPA
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Jindra Samuel, PharmDr.
  • Říhová Linda, Mgr.
Course content
Health and disease from the holistic point of view. Philosophical context. Ethical context. Professional approach of helping professions. Concept of dignity. Spiritual context and sources in helping professions. Respecting rights and dignity of clients in selected health care facility. Interpersonal skills of a nursing specialist, factors influencing the quality of life. Approximate diagnosis of a client's personality using the method of observation and interview. Ethical issues in nursing patients with oncological diseases. Interpersonal skills regarding patient and social environment. Communication pitfalls in nurse's behaviour. Practical use of psychotherapeutic methods.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Stimulating activities (simulation, games, drama)
Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with ethical and philosophical questions associated with specialized nursing care, the concept of quality of life, and the issue of the helping professions.
Students are able to use the acquired knowledge and skills and are able to communicate with clients belonging to various personality types.

Assessment methods and criteria
Home assignment evaluation, Student performance assessment, Didactic test

Completion of compulsory 80% attendance at the practicum sessions and seminars. Completing assigned written work. Successful completion of a written test.
Recommended literature
  • BAŠTECKÁ B, GOLDMAN P. Základy klinické psychologie. 1. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2001.
  • HAŠKOVCOVÁ H. Thanatologie, nauka o umírání a smrti. 2. přeprac. vyd. Praha: Galén, 2007.
  • KOPŘIVA K. Lidský vztah jako součást profese. 6. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2013.
  • KŘIVOHLAVÝ J. Psychologie moudrosti a dobrého života. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2009.
  • KŘIVOHLAVÝ J. Psychologie zdraví. 1. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2009.
  • MUNZAROVÁ M. Eutanazie nebo paliativní léčba. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2005.
  • MUNZAROVÁ M. Zdravotnická etika do A do Z. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2005.
  • OPATRNÁ M. Etické problémy v onkologii. Praha: Mladá fronta-Medical Services, 2008.
  • VOJTÍŠEK Z. et al. Spiritualita v pomáhajících profesích. 1. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2012.
  • WEISS P. et al. Etické otázky v psychologii. 1. vyd. Vybrané kapitoly. Praha: Portál, 2011.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Health Studies Nursing in selected clinical specialties (2013) Health service 1 Winter
Faculty of Health Studies Nursing in selected clinical specialties (2014) Health service 1 Winter