Description: This book provides a systematic approach to bioethical decision making, a process that can help clarify situations where right and wrong are not clearly defined. This fourth edition contains two new chapters and a teacher's online manual is now available.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to examine bioethical dilemmas faced by nurses, but the book includes examples of dilemmas faced by other health professionals. This is a worthwhile goal as healthcare professionals face complex bioethical dilemmas on a daily basis and need tools for resolution.
Audience: The target audience includes nurse educators and students, practicing nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals. The authors have extensive experience in the area of bioethics.
Features: The first section guides the reader through the basics of bioethical decision making based on the concept of symphonology which is concerned with ethical decisions and agreements. The second section expands on the process with advanced concepts and contemporary ethical systems. The third section provides analyses of the case studies presented throughout the book. Most chapters include case studies and each concludes with discussion questions.
Assessment: This should be a valuable book for ethics and theory courses. It could also be a valuable resource in general for the analysis of ethical dilemmas.