Bachelor's degree in Nursing (to qualify as a nurse) (Vicenza)

Legal, bioethic and deontological principles of professional practice - BIOETICA

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Name of lecturer
Nereo Zamperetti
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INF VI - 3° anno 2° sem dal Feb 4, 2019 al Mar 29, 2019.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the tools for the recognition and the management of the main ethical problems within care settings, both in the most exposed areas (beginning of life, end of life, intensive care, transplants) and in the most usual situations (bioethics of daily care).


Introduction. What is bioethics. Bioethics, deontology and law.
Analysis of the factors that feed the new demand for treatment ethics.
The Hippocratic oath: the concept of profession, responsibility and professional secrecy.
Hippocratic medicine and paternalistic medicine.
The crisis at the origin of modernity. Immanuel Kant. The moral conscience.
Kohlberg and the formation of moral conscience.

Hugo Tristram Engelhardt jr: moral strangers, the principle of permission: a contractualist view.
Peter Singer: antispecism; the subject's interests: a teleological vision.
Tuskagee and the Belmont Report.
Beachamps and Childress: principialism.
The language of rights.
The Catholic vision: a personalistic vision.

The Ethics Committees for Research and the Ethics Committees for Clinical Practice in the Veneto Region: characteristics and functions.

Ethical problems at the beginning of life. The status of the embryo. Law 194/1978 - "Rules for the social protection of motherhood and voluntary interruption of pregnancy". Law 40/2004 - "Rules on medically assisted procreation".
Ethical problems at the end of life. Therapeutic obstinacy, euthanasia, accompaniment, proportionality.
Law 219/2017 - "Rules on informed consent and advance treatment provisions".
Ethical problems in the day-to-day management of care. Life project and care pathways.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Viafora Corrado, Gaiani Alberto A lezione di bioetica. Temi e strumenti Franco Angeli 2016

Assessment methods and criteria

Thirty multiple-choice questions, 1 vote for each correct answer.


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