Ethical Challenges in Health Care: Developing Your Moral Compass

Ethical Challenges in Health Care: Developing Your Moral Compass

by Vicki Lachman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826110894

ISBN-13: 9780826110893

Pub. Date: 06/15/2009

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

Designated a Doody's Core Title!

Lachman successfully addresses the most important topics in health care ethics in this volume...The 20 chapters are divided logically and proceed onward from those dealing with the evolution of the philosophical basis for personal and organizational ethics...This text would be a highly useful resource for both undergraduate-

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Designated a Doody's Core Title!

Lachman successfully addresses the most important topics in health care ethics in this volume...The 20 chapters are divided logically and proceed onward from those dealing with the evolution of the philosophical basis for personal and organizational ethics...This text would be a highly useful resource for both undergraduate- and graduate-level health care ethics courses... Summing Up: Recommended. --Choice

This book is written for 'all healthcare professionals,' from those providing healthcare services to those administrating healthcare organizations. [It] offers a detailed account of the concept of moral courage within the context of healthcare delivery?.[and] offers clarity and advice on numerous ethical problems. --Doody's

Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone. -Nelson Mandela

As a health professional or health care leader, have you ever:

  • Had to address the problem of uninsured patients in your hospital?
  • Had to deliver bad news to patients and families?
  • Wanted to report an unethical colleague?

If so, you need this book on your bookshelf. Health care managers and professionals face serious ethical dilemmas like these every day. This book provides the knowledge, insight, strategies, and encouragement necessary for developing moral courage in health care practice, even in the face of adversity.

Lachman outlines both personal and organizational strategies to help nurses, physicians, physical therapists, and health care leaders develop moral courage, and face difficult ethical challenges in health care practice and management head-on. Lachman presents numerous, real-life case examples to illustrate skills and opportunities for developing moral courage in the workplace. Also included are tips for executives on how to develop their ethical leadership skills.

Key Features:

  • Presents guidelines for developing moral courage for organization leaders as well as for individual practitioners
  • Discusses topics of critical concern to nurses and physicians, including patient autonomy, informed consent, and the importance of truth-telling
  • Highlights pressing issues for health care leaders, including the uninsured in America, managing disruptive practitioners, and promoting patient safety
  • Includes guidelines for standing up and speaking out against unethical practices
  • Reiterates Key Points to Remember at the end of each chapter

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826110893
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
569,624
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Section I Personal Development of Moral Courage

Chapter 1 Virtue of Moral Courage: Socrates to Barack Obama 3

Chapter 2 Values and Professional Obligations: A Guide to When to Speak Up 13

Chapter 3 Danger Management: Cognitive Reframing and Self-Soothing 25

Chapter 4 Risk Assessment and Management 41

Chapter 5 How to Speak Up and Be Heard: Assertiveness and Negotiation Skills 51

Chapter 6 How to Deliver Bad News 67

Section II Personal Opportunities for Moral Courage

Chapter 7 Patient Autonomy: Infringements in Informed Consent 79

Chapter 8 Advance Directives Violation: For Whom Are We Doing This? 89

Chapter 9 Veracity: Issues in Prognosis, Futility, and CPR 101

Chapter 10 Patient Safety: Breach in Our Obligations to Protect 117

Chapter 11 When Our Colleagues Are Incompetent or Unethical in the Workplace 129

Section III Organizational Development of Moral Courage

Chapter 12 Organizational Culture: Setting the Stage for Moral Courage 145

Chapter 13 Executive Leadership: Necessity of "Walking the Talk" 157

Chapter 14 Importance of Accountability Cannot Be Underestimated 171

Chapter 15 Promoting Moral Courage Through Human Resource Management 181

Section IV Organizational Opportunities for Moral Courage

Chapter 16 Organizational and Clinical Ethics Committees: Roles and Functions 195

Chapter 17 Promoting a Culture of Patient Safety 207

Chapter 18 Managing Disruptive Physicians 221

Chapter 19 Leadership Development for a Moral Environment 235

Section V Further Opportunities for Moral Courage

Chapter 20 The Uninsured in America: A Moral Crisis in Health Care 247

Index 263

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