Little Man: Ethics and Advocacy

Created by: Meredyth Corey and Peter Pellegrin, Roanoke-Chowan Community College


About the Series:

This instructional lesson is part of NC-NET's Creating Integrated Instruction series of faculty-developed integrated projects. Interdisciplinary teams of faculty collaborated to develop classroom-ready materials that:

  • Integrate career and technical content and academic concepts—reinforcing both
  • Use real-world scenarios to engage students and make content relevant
  • Foster critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills valued by employers
  • Encourage instructors to use active, authentic assessment techniques

Project Description:

This activity will enhance the ethical decision-making abilities of students in NUR 212. In NUR 111, students are introduced to basic ethical concepts. This module will build on these concepts in NUR 212, which requires that students spend time in a clinical setting, consequently bringing them face to face with real-world scenarios calling for difficult ethical decisions. Students must also remember their role as patient advocate in the midst of these difficult situations. The nature of the activities is to help students understand the various ethical decision-making models people use, and of course, that the students themselves use. Understanding the benefits and limitations of each model will help them understand their own ethical decisions and better understand the decisions of others.

Estimated Duration:

Approximately two class periods (class periods in NUR courses are 3 hour blocks)

Appropriate Course(s) for Implementation:

  • NUR 212 (Activity builds on prior knowledge acquired in NUR 111 and NUR 211)
  • PHI 240 (Introduction to Ethics)
  • MED 118 (Medical Law and Ethics)
  • HCI 230 (Professional Issues)

Files for Instructors:

Begin by downloading the Project Template (first file below). It provides the project overview and references the use of all the other required files, provided below.

  1. Little Man Project Template
  2. Little Man Faculty Quick Reference Guide
  3. Little Man Mini Paper Grading Rubric
  4. Little Man Student Quick Reference Guide