Foundations of Clinical Ethics and Bioethical Reasoning

Pittburgh, PA US
January 18, 2022

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.  


Target Audience

RNs / SW / Health Coaches / Dieticians

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the foundational principles and theories used to support ethical reasoning in the clinical realm.

  2. Name and explain the three functions of a clinical ethics committee.

  3. 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 ASWB
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
01/18/2022 - 12:00pm EST
Event ends: 
01/18/2022 - 1:00pm EST
Program begins at 12:00 pm  and adjourns at 1:00 pm
Total Education Time:  1 Hour




12:00 – 12:20 pm

Review the principals of bioethics (autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence & justice)

Valerie Satkoske

12:20 – 12:40 pm

Describe the functions of an ethics committee

Valerie Satkoske

12:40 – 12:50 pm

Review and discuss The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) suggestions of skill sets/knowledge base needed to be an ethics consultant

Valerie Satkoske

12:50  – 1:00 pm

Case Review and Discussion

Valerie Satkoske

UPMC Health Plan
600 Grant Street
Pittburgh, PA 15219
United States
Valerie Satkoske, PhD, MSW
UPMC / VP of Ethics

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.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CCM CE will be provided:  1 CE  - CCM COA will be sent via email from UPMC Health Plan nurse planner

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credits

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 ASWB
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