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Ethics for Nursing and Healthcare Practice

Ethics for Nursing and Healthcare Practice

December 2013 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Everyday clinical practice is steeped in ethical considerations, but discussion of ethics is often removed from these real-life situations. Kath M Melia's new book works in the gap between theory and practice. The chapters tackle the main theories which form the discussion on ethics, and include practical case examples, which bring these theories into the clinical context. These classic and everyday cases challenge the reader to critically reflect on his/her own experiences and outlook.

The social, legal and professional regulation context is brought into the discussion throughout, to equip students with the knowledge that they need to make clinical decisions.

Topics covered include:

- Beauchamp and Childress' four principles of bioethics

- Rights

- Personal and individual conscience

- Moral philosophy

- The virtues/virtue ethics of the practitioner.

This book will be essential reading for pre-registration nursing students taking modules in ethics and law. It will also be a valuable text for postgraduates and qualified nurses, and students of health who need to gain an appreciation of ethics.

Principles at the Root of Ethical Debate
Nursing and Healthcare Ethics - the Sociological Perspective
Individual Conscience Approach to Ethics
Kantian Ethics - Duty-Based Theory
Ethics and the Law
Utilitarianism - Greatest Happiness Theory
Rights-based Ethics
Virtue Ethics and Professional Regulation
Concluding Thoughts

Very good text which covers all the theory.

I like the section on 'individual conscience approach to ethics'. We also relate the virtue ethics section in our simulation projects and other experiential learning that we relate in terms of nurse leadership.

Mr Simon Hall
Mental Health Nursing, University of The West of England
February 18, 2015

A useful text which looks at core theories in ethics but considers contemporary practice issues.

Mrs Vikki Park
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
January 5, 2015

not suitable for course

Mr Chris Palmer
School of Health Sciences, Nottingham University
December 16, 2014

The concepts of trust and judgment are fundamental to the practice of all healthcare practitioners. These concepts, amongst others, permeate the discussions in this text in a sensible and readable way and make me feel that all carers should access this useful text.

Mr Helen Meehan
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia
August 11, 2014

A good book relevant. Easy to read

Mrs Teresa Hardcastle
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill Univ.
July 20, 2014

An easy yo navigate and read text addressing the issues realting to ethics in nursing practice.
The case examples throughout the book provide additional things to consider and the additional online materials are useful sources of to develop learning further.
The comlpexity of ethics, morals and socialogy are tied together to provide a useful infomrative textbook.

Mrs Michelle Thomas
Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, Glamorgan Univ.
July 2, 2014

This book has a lot of examples and discussion to illustrate how ethical theories, the law etc are used. I think it will help students to understand the differences between different concepts and how they can be applied to nursing practice.

Dr Helen Green
Nursing, School of Healthcare, Leeds University
April 23, 2014

Recommended to Post registered nurses

Ms Louise Braithwaite
School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside
February 6, 2014

Am not keen on the format of the book and I found it very text heavy.

Mr Chris Wheable
School of Health, Wolverhampton University
February 5, 2014

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