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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol Boswell, Ed.D.(Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book provides a case scenario presentation format for ethical situations. As the third edition, this book includes new cases and updates on prior cases.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a special collection of "cases focusing specifically on the ethical problems facing nurses." Objectives are provided for each of the chapters, which appear to be acceptably worded. The book meets its overall purpose and the chapters appear to address the objectives designated for each of them.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for undergraduate and graduate education of nurses. In addition to functioning as a textbook, it is also valuable for individuals working in the field of ethics. The case study format is very effective for use for CNE, general discussion, etc. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: Each of the 15 chapters presents a designated topic related to ethics. The authors start with an introduction section that provides an overview of ethical decision making. Each chapter provides multiple case studies related to the chapter topic. The glossary appears complete and functional. The lack of color and illustrations is the principal shortcoming of the book.
Assessment: This book compares well with others in the field. Since it uses case studies, it is one of the best for that purpose. Other books do not seem to provide the depth this book does related to the different case scenarios.