Ethical Reasoning: Applying 8 Key Questions to Health Care Challenges

Aired on April 26, 2016

Webinar Overview

Healthcare providers increasingly face complex ethical situations. Join ethics and nursing experts to learn about the James Madison University 8 Key Questions, an evidence-based strategy for addressing ethically complex situations. The 8 Key questions are being used by practicing nurses in clinical settings, by an industry leader in health care research, and beyond, and to teach university students ethical reasoning. The speakers will identify common ethically challenging situations in health care and distinguish them from tough practical choices. The webinar will also include a discussion focused on potential uses of the 8 Key Questions in your academic and clinical work.

This Webinar is hosted by the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA). For more information on the GNSA, visit


Webinar Speakers

William Hawk, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
James Madison University

Ethical Reasoning in Action: The Madison Collaborative, chair, William Hawk works with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and others to advance James Madison University’s original Eight Key Questions ethical reasoning strategy. The innovative ethical reasoning approach blends rich ethical reasoning insights with contemporary research findings into human decision making. Dr. Hawk enjoys teaching being the first faculty to integrate the Eight Key Questions into his courses. Before coming to JMU, he served as chief academic officer at two institutions.

Erica Lewis, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
James Madison University

Dr. Erica Lewis is an expert in ethical reasoning. She guides clinical decision making as a member of a hospital ethics committee. Within the field of ethics; Dr. Lewis specializes in moral distress, the ethics of innovation, and teaching ethical reasoning using the James Madison University 8 Key Questions. Dr. Lewis has led ethics curriculum revisions. She lectures on ethics for students at the graduate and undergraduate level in various disciplines including nursing, biology, and engineering.

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