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Nursing Ethics

Nursing Ethics

Three Volume Set
Edited by:

September 2015 | 1 064 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

By its very nature, nursing ethics is a subject that the profession is required to constantly grapple with. The history of writing on this topic offers a fascinating insight into how nursing as a profession has developed over time and reacted to the ethical issues and questions raised around the role of nurses and their interactions with patients.

Nursing ethics has not always enjoyed the status that it has today. Its development, legitimation and recognition as a distinctive field of inquiry have been an arduous project and one which has not always been well documented. These three volumes will redress this oversight via the systematic identification and inclusion of foundational and leading works on nursing ethics which have influenced the international development of nursing ethics as a discourse and practice.

The collection is categorised and sorted thematically into three volumes to enable clear navigation and understanding of the material. An introduction to each volume written by the editor frames the set, providing guidance and context.

Volume 1: Developing theoretical foundations for nursing ethics

Volume 2: Nursing ethics pedagogy and praxis

Volume 3: Politics and future directions of nursing ethics

Part One: Ethics and Etiquette
The Ethics of Nursing: Talks of a Superintendent with Her Graduating Class HCC
Ethics — Or a Code of Ethics? Lavinia Dock
A Question in Ethics M. M. Taylor
Ethics of Nursing Alice Clamageran
Part Two: Codes, Oaths and Pledges
Developing a Code of Ethics for the Nursing Profession Paul Limbert
Is the Professional Code Still The Cornerstone of Clinical Nursing Practice? Philip Esterhuizen
Professional Codes in a Changing Nursing Context: Literature Review Tom Meulenbergs, Ellen Verpeet, Paul Schotsmans and Chris Gastmans
Symbols and Ethics: Integrity and the Discipline of Nursing Constance Milton
Part Three: Concepts, definitions and theories of nursing ethics
Ethics – Concepts and Practice Rebecca Bergman
The Search for a Conceptual Framework as a Philosophic Basis for Nursing Ethics: An Examination of Code, Contract, Context, and Covenant Marjorie Stenberg
The Moral Foundation of Nursing Roland Yarling and Beverly McElmurry
The Moral Foundation of Nursing: Yarling and McElmurry and Their Critics Gary Foulk and M. Jan Keffer
Caring, Virtue Theory, and a Foundation for Nursing Ethics Pamela Salsberry
Towards a Strong Virtue Ethics for Nursing Practice Alan Armstrong
The Trouble with Caring: A Review of Eight Arguments Against an Ethic of Care Nancy Crigger
Existential Advocacy: Philosophical Foundation of Nursing Sally Gadow
Nursing Considered as Moral Practice: A Philosophical-Ethical Interpretation of Nursing Chris Gastmans, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé and Paul Schotsmans
A Pluralist View of Nursing Ethics Joan McCarthy
An Ethical Framework for Nursing Practice: Parse’s Human becoming Theory F Beryl Pilkington
Rogerian Ethics: an Ethical Inquiry into Roger’s Life and Science Howard Butcher
The Ethics of Orem’s Theory Susan Taylor and Nelda Godfrey
A Theory of Goal Attainment: Philosophical and Ethical Implications Imogene King
Ethical Issues from Nursing Theoretical Perspectives Constance Milton
Part One: Nursing ethics pedagogy
Teaching Ethics in Nursing Curricula: Traditional and Contemporary Models Sara Fry
Preface to Ethical dilemmas and nursing practice Anne Davis and Mila Aroskar
Preface to Nursing Ethics Ian Thompson, Kath Melia and Kenneth Boyd
Preface to Bioethics: A Nursing Perspective Megan-Jane Johnstone
Preface to Case Studies in Nursing Ethics Sara Fry, Robert Veatch and Carol Taylor
Nursing Ethics: Theories and Pragmatics Leah Curtin
Becoming a Nurse: the Ethical Perspective Ann Woodruff
Being, Doing, and Knowing: Developing Ethical Competence in Health Care Stefan Eriksson, Gert Helgesson and Anna Höglund
A Fundamental Ethical Approach to Nursing: Some Proposals for Ethics Education Chris Gastmans
Encompassing Multiple Moral Paradigms: A Challenge for Nursing Educators Elizabeth Caldwell, Hongyan Lu and Thomas Harding
Part Two: Nursing ethics praxis
The Relationship of Education and Moral Reasoning to Ethical Practice: A Meta-Analysis of Quantitative Studies Shaké Ketefian
Nurses’ Ethical Reasoning and Behaviour: A Literature Review Sabine Goethals, Chris Gastmans and Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé
Part Three: Quandary Ethics in Nursing Ethics Pedagogy And Praxis
Nursing’s Most Pressing Moral Issue Terry Pence
Everyday Nursing Concerns: Unique? Trivial? Or Essential to Health Care Ethics? Carol Taylor
Professional Ethics and Institutional Constraints in Nursing Practice Anne Davis and Mila Aroskar
Introduction: Ethics, Nursing, and the Crisis in Health Care Andrew Jameton
Dilemmas of Moral Distress: Moral Responsibility and Nursing Practice Andrew Jameton
Moral Distress in Nursing Practice: Experience and Effect Judith Wilkinson
Nurse Moral Distress: A Proposed Theory and Research Agenda Mary Corley
Framing the Issues: Moral Distress in Health Care Bernadette Pauly, Colleen Varcoe and Jan Storch
Moral Distress: The State of the Science Debra Hanna
Moral Distress: A Comparative Analysis of Theoretical Understandings and Inter-related Concepts Kim Lützén and Beatrice Ewalds Kvist
Moral Distress Reconsidered Joan McCarthy and Rick Deady
‘Moral Distress’ – Time to Abandon A Flawed Nursing Construct? Megan-Jane Johnstone and Alison Hutchinson
Some Reflections on Authority and the Nurse John Ladd
Moral Problems and Moral Decision-Making in Nursing and Health Care Contexts Megan-Jane Johnstone
Part One: Nursing versus Medical Ethics
Nursing Ethics, Physician Ethics and Medical Ethics Robert Veatch
Nursing ethics and medical ethics Raanan Gillon
Integrity and Compromise in Nursing Ethics Betty Winslow and Gerald Winslow
The Task of Nursing Ethics Kath Melia
The Patient Who Refuses Nursing Care Helen Aveyard
Competent Patients’ Refusal of Nursing Care Denise Dudzinski and Sarah Shannon
Part Two: Nurse-Patient Advocacy
A Contrary View of the Nurse as Patient Advocate Natalie Abrams
From Loyalty to Advocacy: A New Metaphor for Nursing Gerald Winslow
The Changing Role of Nurses in Making Ethical Decisions Catherine Murphy
Advocacy in Nursing – A Review of the Literature Maggie Mallik
Relational Ethics and Advocacy in Nursing: Literature Review Hannah MacDonald
Part Three: Nurses’ rights
A theoretical examination of the rights of nurses Mari Kangasniemi, Kirsi Viitalähde, and Sanna Porkka
Duties of the patient: a tentative model based on metasynthesis Mari Kangasniemi, Arja Halkoaho, Helena Länsimies-Antikainen and Anna-Maija Pietilä
Part Four: Cross-cultural perspectives
Global Influence of American Nursing: some ethical issues Anne Davis
East meets west: some ethical considerations Hiroko Minami
Bridging Western Ethics and Japanese Local Ethics by Listening to Nurses’ Concerns Shigeko Izumi
The Japanese Value of Harmony and Nursing Ethics Emiko Konishi, Michiko Yahiro, Naoko Nakajima and Miki Ono
An African Ethic for Nursing? Sandy Haegert
Nursing Ethics Into the Next Millennium: a context-sensitive approach for nursing ethics Kim Lützén
Part Five: Social justice and humanitarian perspectives
The Interface of Ethics and Politics in Nursing Mila Aroskar
Social Justice in Nursing: a Review of the Literature Doris Boutain
The Road Less Travelled: Nursing Advocacy at the Policy Level Shannon Spenceley, Linda Reutter and Marion Allen
Towards a Viable and Just Global Nursing Ethics Nancy Crigger

"The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is delighted to see the development of this comprehensive source that will serve as an important resource for ethicists, researchers and nurses in all fields. The first of its kind to bring together the foundational ethical articles of the nursing profession, this collection includes leading works on nursing ethics which have had a profound influence on the international development of nursing ethics.  An essential component of this work is the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses, a guide for action, based on social values and needs, which serves as the standard for nurses worldwide."

The International Council of Nurses (ICN)

"Nursing ethics provides guidance for nurses in their professional conduct and practice, particularly heightened in the clinical decision-making process and when being confronted with complex ethical quandaries that require prudence to deal with. The three volumes of this collection is a rich and comprehensive resource ranged from fundamental concepts to insights of ethical issues based on theoretical, cross-cultural, social justice and humanitarian perspectives for building ethical competence among nurses."

Helen Y.L. Chan
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

This publication is a major contribution to nursing ethics. The collection of articles emphasizes and will encourage ongoing comprehensive scholarly discussion in the field. It will be useful for nurses and other health professionals in all settings internationally.

Emiko Konishi, RN, PhD
Professor Emerita, Nagano College of Nursing, Japan

Professor Johnstone has done a great service to the nursing profession world-wide through this major reference work, nurturing the fledgling academic discipline of Nursing Ethics into the light of day.  The three volumes of readings, carefully selected from journals spanning the late 1800s to the present day, represent a scholar’s response to the skeptic’s question:”Is there a Nursing Ethics?” as distinct from Medical Ethics or Bioethics.

To those interested in studying/teaching nursing ethics in schools/colleges of nursing or enhancing their understanding of its importance as a discipline in its own right, this reference work will be an excellent resource.  The selections explore the evolution of the nursing ethics discourse from early scholarly debates on “professional ethics, institutional constraints and nursing practice” to the present-day felt need for a “context-sensitive, culturally pluralistic framework”, and the challenge to a future focus beyond the nurse-patient relationship to “broader social justice and humanitarian concerns”.  The work will be a valuable addition to the libraries of all nurses, academics and researchers, especially in regions where nursing is widely sought as a profession, but where the “Nursing Ethics” back-up is either missing or needs a less imperialistic model, more reflective of the indigenous culture.  


Dr. Daphne Viveka, rscj
Professor, Kurji Holy Family College of Nursing, Patna, North India

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