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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elena M Kraus, BS (Saint Louis University)
Description: This is an ethics resource specifically aimed at the healthcare professionals in closest contact with both patients and physicians: nurses. It illustrates basic ethical principles and applies them through an analysis of over 150 ethics cases based on the real experiences of nurses and nursing students.
Purpose: It is designed for nurses as a guide to systematically understanding and confronting a comprehensive range of ethical dilemmas in practice. The authors intend the book to be a resource to help nurses meet the many challenges they face in formulating personal ethical positions and working through ethical dilemmas among team members and patients. The book meets its goals, providing strong theoretical foundations while being practical and easy to read
Audience: It is intended for nurses and nursing students as a textbook of basic ethics that also directs applications in the field, and it serves this population well. The authors are scholars of both ethics and nursing.
Features: This book is divided into three parts that together provide a basic ethics guide as well as an illustration of how ethical theory is applied in the practice of nursing. The first part covers cases that pose basic questions regarding the meaning and justification of ethical claims and examines the role of various sources of ethical reflection. Part two explores the basic principles of ethics as they pertain to nursing. Part three applies these principles to more specific contexts in nursing practice. An appendix discusses Web-based resources.
Assessment: This is a clear, complete ethics resource for the nursing profession that not only describes ethics theory, but also applies these theories to real-life cases. The major difference between the third and fourth editions is the addition of a third editor. This edition puts more emphasis on the methods for analyzing cases and adds two chapters, one on moral integrity and moral distress, and one presenting cases on respect for patients. As the study of ethics in healthcare, and in nursing specifically, has changed and new literature has become available, the incorporation of these elements is important and enriching.