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Nursing Ethics - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 5th Edition
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource®

Nursing Ethics - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 5th Edition

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This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. 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.
  • 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
  • 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/
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
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

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