Key Features

  • covers a wide range of ethical issues - much more than just ‘clinical' dilemmas and decision-making skills
  • a down-to-earth and practical approach to applied ethics
  • user-friendly layout
  • material on moral theory kept to a minimum (but dealt with thoroughly at the end of the book)
  • focuses on ethical issues in nursing and case studies taken from nursing practice i.e. the concrete concerns of nurses and other front-line workers
  • pedagogical features include: chapter aims, learning outcomes and further reading for possible essay, tutorial and project topics
  • also useful as a general work of reference on ethic in health care

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Ethics in nursing — continuity and change

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

Details

No. of pages:
424
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Churchill Livingstone
Print ISBN:
9780443101380
Electronic ISBN:
9780702033452

About the authors

Ian Thompson

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia; Fremantle, Western Australia & Honorary Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Kath Melia

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Nursing Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Kenneth Boyd

Affiliations and Expertise

Scottish Director, Institute of Medical Ethics, Edinburgh, UK

Dorothy Horsburgh

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer - Research Awards, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, UK