Ethics in Nursing: Cases, Principles, and Reasoning / Edition 4

Ethics in Nursing: Cases, Principles, and Reasoning / Edition 4

by Martin Benjamin, Joy Curtis
     
 

Starting with detailed cases based on real life, the fourth edition of Ethics in Nursing introduces the principles, concepts, and reasoning needed to think them through. Changes in this edition reflect important developments in nursing, ethical theory, and nursing ethics. Among the expanded set of 64 cases, 22 have been significantly revised and 15 are entirely new

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Starting with detailed cases based on real life, the fourth edition of Ethics in Nursing introduces the principles, concepts, and reasoning needed to think them through. Changes in this edition reflect important developments in nursing, ethical theory, and nursing ethics. Among the expanded set of 64 cases, 22 have been significantly revised and 15 are entirely new. Reasoning skills and philosophical understanding are explained and illustrated in cases involving: nurses and clients; interprofessional relationships; personal responsibility for institutional and public policy; and cost containment, justice, and rationing. New material on ethical theory includes an illustrated explanation and defense of moral pluralism, a section on the ethics of care, and an expanded discussion of reflective equilibrium as a method of ethical reasoning. New topics include pandemics and care for SARS patients, elderly patients contemplating suicide, and workplace violence. As with previous editions, both the nursing and philosophical content are self-contained, making the book accessible to readers with little or no background in either. Ethics in Nursing provides practicing and student nurses with a useful introduction to the identification and analysis of ethical issues that reflects both the special perspective of nursing and the value of systematic philosophical inquiry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195380224
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/08/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
229,733
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Cases|xiii

1 Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Inquiry 3

1 Moral dilemmas in nursing 3

2 Ethical codes: uses and limitations 6

3 The fundamental question of morality 10

4 Ethical inquiry 11

5 Ethical autonomy and institutional-hierarchical constraints 22

2 Unavoidable Topics in Ethical Theory 27

1 Basic ethical principles 28

2 Comprehensive ethical theories 38

3 Moral pluralism 40

4 A comprehensive ethics of care? 42

5 Ethical reasoning 44

6 Ethics, law, and religion 51

3 Nurses and Clients 56

1 Parentalism 58

2 Deception 69

3 Confidentiality 77

4 Personal risks and professional obligations 83

5 Conflicting claims 89

4 Recurring Ethical Issues in Interprofessional Relationships 94

1 Conflicts between nurse and other health care providers 94

2 Nurse autonomy 107

3 Collaboration 118

4 Integrity-preserving compromise 122

5 Conscientious refusal 126

6 Determining responsibility 134

5 Ethical Dilemmas Among Nurses 138

1 Tensions between nurses 138

2 Respect for persons 146

3 Professional obligations 150

4 Administrative dilemmas 158

6 Personal Responsibility for Institutional and Public Policy 166

1 The scope of individual responsibility 166

2 Institutional policies and strikes 170

3 Institutional ethics committees 178

4 Blowing the whistle 182

5 Public policy: advance directives 188

6 Public policy: workplace violence 192

7 Putting it all together 193

7 Cost Containment, Justice, and Rationing 197

1 Cost containment and the claims of justice 199

2 Access to care 205

3 The concept of rationing 207

4 The Oregon proposal 208

5 Toward ethical rationing 213

6 Rationing and the importance of nursing care 219

7 The expanding scope of nursing ethics 221

Appendix A The International Council of Nurses Code of Ethics for Nurses 225

Appendix B The Patient Care Partnership: Understanding Expectations, Rights, and Responsibilities 229

Appendix C Cases for Analysis 233

Notes 249

Suggestions for Further Reading 269

Index 275

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