Ethics in Nursing: Cases, Principles, and Reasoning

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Oxford University Press, 2010 - Medical - 285 pages
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Starting with detailed cases based on real life, the fourth edition of Ethics in Nursing introduces the principles, concepts, and reasoning needed to think them through. Changes in this edition reflect important developments in nursing, ethical theory, and nursing ethics. Among the expanded set of 64 cases, 22 have been significantly revised and 15 are entirely new. Reasoning skills and philosophical understanding are explained and illustrated in cases involving: nurses and clients; inter-professional relationships; personal responsibility for institutional and public policy; and cost containment, justice, and rationing. New material on ethical theory includes an illustrated explanation and defense of moral pluralism, a section on the ethics of care, and an expanded discussion of reflective equilibrium as a method of ethical reasoning. New topics include pandemics and care for SARS patients, elderly patients contemplating suicide, and workplace violence. As with previous editions, both the nursing and philosophical content are self-contained, making the book accessible to readers with little or no background in either. Ethics in Nursing provides practicing and student nurses with a useful introduction to the identification and analysis of ethical issues that reflects both the special perspective of nursing and the value of systematic philosophical inquiry.
 

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Contents

1 Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Inquiry
3
2 Unavoidable Topics in Ethical Theory
27
3 Nurses and Clients
56
4 Recurring Ethical Issues in Interprofessional Relationships
94
5 Ethical Dilemmas Among Nurses
138
6 Personal Responsibility for Institutional and Public Policy
166
7 Cost Containment Justice and Rationing
197
The International Council of Nurses Code of Ethics for Nurses
225
The Patient Care Partnership Understanding Expectations Rights and Responsibilities
229
Cases for Analysis
233
Notes
249
Suggestions for Further Reading
269
Index
275
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Martin Benjamin is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University
Joy Curtis is Emerita Professor of Nursing and Emerita University Ombudsman, Michigan State University

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