Professional and Ethical Issues in Nursing


  • Philip Burnard, PhD, MSc, RGN, RMN, DipN, Cert Ed RNT, Vice-Dean, School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, UK; Visiting Professor, Royal Thai Army Nursing College, Bangkok, Thailand;
  • Christine Chapman, Professor and Director of Nursing Studies, Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff

The chapters examine statements from the UK's NMC code and explore the concepts and problems that relate to it. A variety of philosophical and professional behavior are presented to enable UK nurses, nursing students, midwives and health visitors to develop a greater autonomy in their day-to-day decision making and to help them make reasoned judgements. New content includes the UK's NMC code for practice document, the National Board guidance re core skills and competencies for newly qualified nurses, guidelines for mental health and learning disabilities nursing, guidelines for records and record-keeping, midwives' rules and code of practice, practitioner-client relationships and prevention of abuse, nursing in secure environments, new guidelines for the administration of medicines.
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Book information

  • Published: November 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-2685-0

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Respect. 3. Consent. 4. Working Together. 5. Confidentiality. 6. Maintaining Competence. 7. Trustworthiness. 8. Patient Safety. 9. Conclusion. Appendix 1. NMC Code of Professional Conduct. Appendix 2. Cultural Variations. Recommended Further Reading. Index.