The fifth edition of this highly popular text offers a lucid and readable account of ethical issues affecting nurses and other health care practitioners, which will be of value throughout their careers.
Nursing ethics offers a highly practical approach with a direct focus on ethical issues that might be encountered by health practitioners in training, in practice and in management. It is also interactive and case-based, encouraging readers to reflect on their current and future areas of practice. The concluding chapters discuss the role of moral theory and give practical models for ethical decision-making.
The authors have developed a holistic approach that explores: ethics in hospital and community settings, inter-disciplinary teamwork, ward and hospital management, nursing research, performance management and the political ethics of nursing administration, health service re-structuring and reform. The content has been substantially revised for this edition and significant new material added to reflect developments in theory and practice.
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PART 1 Cultural issues, methods and approaches to nursing ethics
1. Nursing ethics: historical, cultural and professional perspectives
2. Nursing ethics - what do we mean by 'ethics'?
PART 2 Socialisation, professionalisation and nursing values
3. Becoming a nurse and member of the profession
4. Power and responsibility in nursing practice and management
5. Professional responsibility and accountability in nursing
PART 3 Nursing ethics - issues in clinical practice
6. Classical areas of controversy in nursing and biomedical ethics
7. Direct responsibility in nurse/patient relationships
8. Conflicting demands in nursing groups of patients
PART 4 Ethics in nursing management, research and teaching
9. Ethics in healthcare management: research, evaluation and performance management
10. The political ethics of healthcare: health policies and resource allocation
11. Corporate ethics in healthcare: strategic planning and ethical policy development
PART 5 Ethical decision-making and moral theory
12. Making moral decisions and being able to justify our actions
13. The relevance of moral theory: justifying our ethical policies
Melia, Kath M. Professor of Nursing Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
Boyd, Kenneth M. Scottish Director, Institute of Medical Ethics, Edinburgh, UK.
Horsburgh, Dorothy Senior Lecturer - Research Awards, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, UK.