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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Barbara A. Carper, RN, EdD, FAAN (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
Description: This new book provides a collection of systematically organized case studies focused on a wide range of ethical problems confronting nurses.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a text in basic ethics and a format for the systematic study of applied ethics in nursing. Both the text and the collection of cases are written to not only introduce the basic questions and broad, general principles of ethics, but to examine their influence in the ethical thinking of nurses. The case studies provide the opportunity to apply these principles to real-world practice situations in a way that enhances the formulation of the reader's own ethical positions.
Audience: The book is written primarily for nurses with clinical experience, but it would be useful for students as well as nursing school faculty who have little or no prior acquaintance with theoretical ethics.
Features: The book includes a valuable collection of 115 case studies systematically organized to provide a format for discussion. Each case study is followed by a thorough commentary that identifies the ethical problem and explores the application of relevant ethical principles and theories.
Assessment: This is a useful and needed book for practitioners, students, and faculty teaching ethics for nurse audiences. It provides a basic introduction to ethics and the opportunity to apply theoretical ethical principles to the real world of practice through the extensive use of actual case studies. The cases, together with the accompanying commentary, explore systematically a broad range of ethical problems in nursing.