Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing / Edition 4

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Today's nurses face a multitude of legal and ethical dilemmas that fall outside the scope of clinical and medical training. Practical and thought provoking, ETHICS & ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY NURSING, 4th Edition examines the latest trends, principles, theories, and models in patient care to help you make ethically sound decisions in complex and often controversial situations. Acknowledging an ever-expanding global society, compelling examples are presented from national and international headlines that invite readers to explore the cases in light of socio-cultural influences, personal values, and professional ethics. Historical examples demonstrate how to think critically through various problems while upholding moral and professional standards, as well as the law. Key topics include patient advocacy and rights, diversity, medication error prevention, health care information management, portability and accountability, and health care reform. In addition to in-book learning features like analysis problems, review questions, sample forms, and appendices, ETHICS & ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY NURSING, 4th Edition offers supplemental, interactive tools to challenge you further, and prepare you for morally sound behavior in any health care setting.

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book describes and discusses ethical issues from a nursing perspective, taking into account contextual factors such as gender, the social, economic, and political climate, and personal and professional empowerment.
Purpose: According to the authors, this book has four purposes: to acknowledge that each person is a moral agent; to raise awareness of the factors involved in ethical decision making; to present a decision making model to be used to guide moral decisions; and to affirm that nursing is an ethically responsible profession.
Audience: The book is appropriate for both professional nurses and nursing students.
Features: The 20 chapters are grouped into four parts: Guides for Principled Behavior; Developing Principled Behavior; Principled Behavior in the Professional Domain; and Global Issues that Impinge on Nursing Practice. Additions include nurses' responsibility for global issues and discussions of stem cell research and cloning. Included in each chapter are case presentations, and Think About it and Ask Yourself boxes related to cutting-edge issues. There is a Web Tutor Toolbox for instructors and students including e-mail, chat, threaded discussions, PowerPoint and other features as well as an Electronic Classroom Manager for instructors which includes a test bank.
Assessment: This book is meant to be interactive and readers are encouraged to become very engaged while reflecting and questioning personal and professional options and values. It encompasses a myriad of ethical situations, and includes guides to help nurses in making moral decisions. It is an easy read while introducing provocative and stimulating questions for readers to ponder. The book could be used in a classroom or online format and could be adapted for undergraduate as well as graduate education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133129165
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/10/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 42,667
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret A. Burkhardt is Associate Professor Emerita, West Virginia University School of Nursing. She taught nursing and practiced holistic nursing care for more than thirty years, and is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. A prolific writer, Dr. Burkhardt has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as co-authoring two books on spirituality in health and ethics in nursing.

Alvita Nathaniel is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Track at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University School of Nursing. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a family nurse practitioner in free clinics and juvenile detention facilities for more than two decades. An active participant in policy-making, Dr. Nathaniel's articles regularly appear in journals and other health care-related publications.

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Table of Contents

PART I: GUIDES FOR PRINCIPLED BEHAVIOR. 1. Social, Philosophical, and Other Historical Forces Influencing the Development of Nursing. 2. Ethical Theory. 3. Ethical Principles PART II: DEVELOPING PRINCIPLED BEHAVIOR. 4. Values Clarification. 5. Values Development. 6. Nursing Codes of Ethics, Standards, and Ideals (Old Ch 8—renamed). 7. Ethical Decision Making (Old Chapter 6). PART III: PRINCIPLED BEHAVIOR IN THE PROFESSIONAL DOMAIN. 8. Legal Issues (Old Chapter 7). 9. Professional Relationship Issues. 10. Practice Issues Related to Technology. 11. Practice Issues Related to Patient Self-Determination. 12. Scholarship Issues. PART IV: GLOBAL ISSUES THAT IMPINGE ON NURSING PRACTICE. 13. Global Consciousness in the 21st Century. 14. Health Policy Issues. 15. Economic Issues. 16. Social Issues. 17. Gender Issues. 18. Transcultural and Spiritual Issues. PART V: THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. 19. Empowerment for Nurses. 20. Enabling Patient Empowerment.

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