Foundations of Clinical Ethics and Bioethical Reasoning_Enduring

The purpose of this educational activity is to expose participants to the basic foundations, roles, and goals of clinical ethics and the reasoning and frameworks that form and support them. 

There is no educational content to this course. This course is designed to supplement training that has already occurred. This course is designed only to administer the post-test and collect CME evaluations.

Target Audience

Nurses, Social Workers, Health Coaches and Registered Dieticians

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the foundational principles and theories used to support ethical reasoning in the clinical realm.
  • Name and explain the three functions of a clinical ethics committee.
  • Recognize and describe skill sets and knowledge bases The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities suggest clinical ethics consultants should build.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
UPMC HR Direct for the UPMC Health Plan
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
Valerie Satkoske, PhD, MSW
VP, Mission Effectiveness/Spiritual Care and Ethics, UPMC Mercy

Valerie Satkoske, MSW, PhD has almost 20 years of experience working in the field of bioethics and have a PhD in Healthcare Ethics. Valerie Satkoske serves as Vice President for Ethics for UPMC Mercy Hospital, UPMC Presbyterian University/Shadyside Hospitals, and the UPMC health system. In 2020, Dr. Satkoske returned to the University of Pittsburgh, where she previously served as the ethicist for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Immediately prior to her return, she served as Director of Ethics at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Assistant Professor of Medical Education at West Virginia University, where she helped to direct the Center for Health Ethics & Law and designed a medical ethics curriculum for WVU medical students. She continues to serve as an ethics consultant for the West Virginia Rural Emergency Trauma Institute. Dr. Satkoske’s research interests include medical decision-making involving patients with cognitive difference, ethical issues in rural trauma care and in substance use disorder treatment, rural health disparities, ethical management of delirium, and end-of-life decision making. Drawing on her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, she serves as Co-Chair of the Social Work Affinity Group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Planning Committee

Michelle Schreiber, MSN, RN, CCM
Clinical Education Coordinator, Clinical Training & Education, UPMC Health Plan
Michele Gordon, PhD, LSW
Program Manager, Clinical Training & Education, UPMC Health Plan
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
No planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Disclaimer Statement
The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, UPMC / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center or Affiliates and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each program attendee must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hours.
Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 Attendance
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