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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth M. Nolan, MS, RN, CS (University of Michigan Health System)
Description: This is a comprehensive reference on the ethical dilemmas nurses face in daily practice.
Purpose: The editors effectively meet their purpose to address the moral agency of individuals, relevant factors in resolving ethical decisions, models for responding to ethical dilemmas, and the ethical responsibilities of the nursing profession.
Audience: This textbook is written for nurses providing direct care to patients, and is written in a style that would engage nursing students as well as their instructors. For example, chapters begin with objectives, case studies are provided to illustrate theoretical information, and questions for reflection are provided to help the reader synthesize the material presented. Features of each chapter are: questions to check comprehension of content; questions to facilitate application of content; bullet points at the end of the chapter that focus on key points; and discussion questions and activities.
Features: This book begins with the history of nursing in the context of ethics and values as the profession evolved. This introduction provides the reader with an understanding that frames future chapters. Then ethical theory and principles, ethical decision-making, and values clarification are covered. Subsequent chapters address legal, professional, political, economic, and gender issues, providing a diverse perspective on issues nurses encounter throughout their professional careers.
Assessment: Because of the salient, thought-provoking issues addressed here, I would highly recommend this book to nurses interested in learning more about clinical ethics. It would also be useful to nursing faculty of any specialty since the text is addressing dilemmas of relevance to community mental health as well as acute and critical care throughout the life span.