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From The CriticsReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This guidebook to ethical decision-making for nurses covers the field "from diverse social, cultural and religious perspectives." It reflects the changes in the International Code for Nurses (ICN) position statements and the documents of the World Health Organization.
Purpose: This is intended as a resource to help nurses deal with moral and ethical issues in their everyday practice.
Audience: The book would be appropriate for practicing nurses, managers, teachers, researchers, and student nurses.
Features: The 13 chapters are grouped into three parts covering preparation for ethical decision-making, ethical responsibilities of the nurse, and applying ethics to nursing practice. The case examples used throughout enhance the narrative. Also included is the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses and a glossary of terms.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource and a very informative book about the field of ethics and how ethical principles can be applied specifically to nursing. It can be heavy reading for novices, but it is written at an understandable level with many definitions and explanations of ethical terms. The numerous case examples of actual nursing situations greatly enhance comprehension of the material.