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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

Students directed to two chapters within the book for asynchronous teaching activates. Great book which explores ethical theories and offers practical examples of ethical dilemmas.

Mrs Rachel Skipper
Dept of Health Sciences, York University
December 8, 2020

Learners adopted this book and was on the essential reading list. This was for 1st year nursing BSc. the language used was appropriate and catered for those who had a level 2 or 3 language level. Also, the activities and discussion points in the book were relevant and applicable to HCA's or nurses on placement

Miss Amy Capper
access, Warrington & Vale Royal College
August 22, 2019

This book is well structured and a relatively easy read for a nursing student at undergraduate level. The vignettes interspersed throughout the book make the subject 'come alive'. They are also relevant to an Irish situation.

Dr Rita W Collins
Nursing , Hibernia College
December 8, 2016

A detailed book on ethics. Interesting and in depth book. This would be a supplementary read for 3rd-year midwives on their ethics module.

Mrs Dana Marie Colbourne
Midwifery & Child, Bournemouth University
April 29, 2016

This provides the students with some good grounding regarding ethical debates

Mrs Samantha Anne Hogan
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
January 17, 2016

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

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