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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elena M Kraus, BS (Saint Louis University)
Description: This book covers a wide range of ethics topics in nursing by weaving real cases of ethical dilemmas into the analysis, thus expounding on ethical principles and illustrating a method of practical reasoning. Instead of having a section of case examples, or putting cases at the end of chapters, multiple cases are presented throughout each chapter, with 21 more as a supplement for individual analysis. This is a significant update of the previous edition, published in 1992.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to provide both practicing nurses and students with a practical introduction to analyzing ethical issues that engages both the special perspective that nurses have and emphasizes the value and practice of systematic ethical inquiry. Such a book must be applicable to current ethical dilemmas in medical practice, and this update makes the book more accessible and pertinent.
Audience: The intended audience is nurses and nursing students, although the book is written to be accessible to anyone with an interest in nursing ethics. The authors are well-rounded authorities on the topics covered in the book. Martin Benjamin, PhD, a professor emeritus of philosophy at Michigan State University, teaches philosophy, political philosophy, and ethics, including nursing ethics. Joy Curtis, RN, is a professor emerita at Michigan State University and has worked extensively in nursing ethics throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Features: While covering a wide range of ethical issues in healthcare and nursing, the book ties all topics to real-life cases. The book investigates ethical issues relating to the whole array of nurses' professional relationships. Three appendixes cover international nursing codes of ethics, what a patient can expect from nursing care, and cases for analysis.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive and practical ethics guide for nurses based on a clearly explained philosophical foundation. The revisions, additions, increased emphasis on moral pluralism, and 15 entirely new cases fully justify this fourth edition.