Nursing Ethics
Nursing Ethics,
Edition 5
By Ian E. Thompson, BA(Hons), PhD, Kath M. Melia, BNurs(Manc), PhD, Kenneth M. Boyd and Dorothy Horsburgh, PhD, MEd, BA(Hons), RGN, DipCNE, RNT, RCNT

Publication Date : 14 June 2006

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Description

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.

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

New Features

  • An up-to-date analysis of professions in the context of modernity, to enable health professionals to make sense of global cultural & social developments
  • An analysis of the ethics of evidence-based practice
  • An examination of professional accountability and ethics in performance management to help practitioners/managers understand the ethical basis of management
  • useful web links and teaching notes on a dedicated website:
    http://evolve.elsevier.com/Thompson/nursingethics/
About the author
By Ian E. Thompson, BA(Hons), PhD, Former Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia; Fremantle, Western Australia & Honorary Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; Kath M. Melia, BNurs(Manc), PhD, Professor of Nursing Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; Kenneth M. Boyd, Scottish Director, Institute of Medical Ethics, Edinburgh, UK and Dorothy Horsburgh, PhD, MEd, BA(Hons), RGN, DipCNE, RNT, RCNT, Senior Lecturer - Research Awards, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
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
Book details
ISBN: 9780443101380
Page Count: 424
Illustrations: 20 ills.
Retail Price: £29.99