Applied Ethics in Nursing

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Designated a Doody's Core Title!

What constitutes "informed consent"?
What can I do if the patient lacks the capacity to make decisions?
How should I respond to a patient who requests my help in dying?
What is the rationale for giving a patient medication (chemical restraints) against his or her will?
What exactly are "patient's rights" and how does one advocate for one's patients?

Applied Ethics in Nursing provides an easily understandable guide to the kind of ethical dilemmas you face in practice. Using a question-and-answer format along with numerous case studies, this text offers best practices and strategies for approaching the difficult problems commonly found in clinical practice.

This book also addresses organizational and institutional issues that can confound or promote ethically sound decision making. Each chapter ends with a resource list of websites and recommendations for further reading. The American Nurses' Association Code of Ethics for Nurses is used as a guide throughout, along with standards and guidelines from other major healthcare and governmental organizations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826179845
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, MBE, APRN is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. In her role at the university, she primarily teaches ethics to masters and doctoral nursing students and acts as the track coordinator for the Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship in Advanced Nursing Practice MSN.
Dr. Lachman is a frequent presenter on ethical topics at national conferences. She writes the quarterly Ethics, Law and Policy column for MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health. She serves on two ethics committees and often advises executives on organizational ethics and front-line staff on end-of-life ethical issues. Her book, Applied Ethics in Nursing, was published by Springer Publishing in November 2005.
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Table of Contents

  1. Contributors
    Part 1: The Essence of Ethics and Advocacy in Nursing
  2. Defining Ethics and Applying the Theories, Michael Dahnke and H. Michael Dreher
  3. Knowing When and How to Advocate, Martha Turner and Moni McIntyre
  4. Informed Consent: Ethical Issues, Susan B. Dickey
  5. Patient's Rights and Ethical Issues, Eileen Mieras Kohlenberg
  6. Research in Human Subjects: Ethical Issues, Rose H. Mueller and Cindy Stern

  7. Part 2: Ethical Issues at the Beginning of Life
  8. Genetic Technology: The Frontiers of Nursing Ethics, Ellen Giarelli, Dale Halsey Lea, Shirley L. Jones, and Judith A. Lewis
  9. Reproductive Technology: Ethical Issues, Mary English Worth
  10. Ethical Issues in the Care of Neonates and Infants, Anne M. Lovell
  11. Ethical Issues in the Care of Children, Lauren G. McAliley

  12. Part 3: Ethical Issues with Vulnerable Patients
  13. Psychiatric Patients and Ethical Issues, Deborah Antai-Otong
  14. HIV-AIDS Patients and Ethical Issues, Diane E. Radvansky
  15. Diseases Where Patient Behaviors are a Key Factor: Ethical Issues, Doris V. Chaplin
  16. Patients in Long-Term Care: Ethical Issues, Diane Stillman

  17. Part 4: The Right to Live and the Right to Die
  18. Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation, Carolyn H. McGrory and Linda Wright
  19. End-of-Life Ethical Issues, JoAnne Reifsnyder, Vicky D. Lachman, Terri L. Maxwell, Margaraet M. Mahon, Catherine S. Taylor, Sally J. Nunn, and Ursula H. Capewell
  20. The Right to Die: Ethical Issues, Sally J. Nunn, Vicki D. Lachman, Margaret M. Mahon, Catherine S. Taylor, Terri L. Maxwell, Ursula H. Capewell, and JoAnne Reifsnyder

  21. Part 5: Developing an Organizational Culture that Supports Ethical Behavior
  22. Access to Care and Ethical Issues, Caroline Camuñas
  23. Organizational Ethics, Mary Lou Helfrich Jones
  24. Leadership Ethics, Kathy Malloch
  25. Labor Ethics, Vicki D. Lachman and Julia W. Aucoin
  26. Ethics Committees, Barbara B. Ott

  27. Part 6: The Mix of Culture and Religion with Ethics
  28. Religion and Ethics, Syvil S. Burke
  29. Culture and Ethics, Joyce Bedoian

Appendix: ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses
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