Ethics & Issues: In Contemporary Nursing

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As part of Delmar's Core Introductory Nursing Textbook Series, this text examines the issues that are at the very heart of today's health care delivery system. By examining theories, models, and principles that served as guides for ethically sound behavior, the text flows from the personal level, to the professional, and finally to the global domain. Discussion of pricipled behavior on the personal level includes values clarification, moral development, and a discussion of how this behavior affects a nurse's ...
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Overview

As part of Delmar's Core Introductory Nursing Textbook Series, this text examines the issues that are at the very heart of today's health care delivery system. By examining theories, models, and principles that served as guides for ethically sound behavior, the text flows from the personal level, to the professional, and finally to the global domain. Discussion of pricipled behavior on the personal level includes values clarification, moral development, and a discussion of how this behavior affects a nurse's everyday life. The section related to prefessional and legal issues in nursing includes discussion of autonomy, authority, accountability, codes of practice, scholarship issues, and practice issues related to health care providers, systems within which nurses work, technology, and patient self-determination. There is an examination of global issues that affect nursing, including political, economic, social, gender, transcultural, and spiritual issues. Acknowledging changing trends in the health care field, this book is offered as a tool for student nurses to use in the process of learning to make sound choices and act in principled ways.

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This text examines the issues that are at the very heart of today's health care delivery system. By examining theories, models, and principles that serve as guides for ethically sound behavior, the text flows from the personal level, to the professional, and finally to the global domain. Discussion of principled behavior on the personal level includes values clarification, moral development, and a discussion of how this behavior affects a nurse's everyday life. The section related to professional and legal issues in nursing includes discussion of autonomy, authority, accountability, codes of practice, scholarship issues, and practice issues related to health care providers, systems within which nurses work, technology, and patient self-determination. There is an examination of global issues that affect nursing, including political, economic, social, gender, transcultural, and spiritual issues. Acknowledging changing trends in the health care field, this book is offered as a tool for student nurses to use in the process of learning to make sound choices and act in principled ways. KEY FEATURES Relates ethical theories and principles as well as legal considerations to discussion of issues facing nurses today. Chapters on clarifying values, developing values, and principles behavior as it is applied to everyday life, help students to examine their own values and to understand how these can influence their professional actions. "Ask Yourself" boxed articles present real-life ethical dilemmas to encourage reflection of personal beliefs and biases. Critical thinking "Think About It" boxes and discussion questions and activities offered in each chapter are designed to help students integrate and apply the content in real-life situations. Chapters on professional, legal and global issues such as technology, patient self-determination. political issues, social issues, economic issues, gender and spirituality issues, and transcultural awareness give the student a broad view of the impact of ethics on nursing. Supplements Instructor's Manual ISBN 0-8273-7703-7

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Reviewer: 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.
Elizabeth M. Nolan
This is a comprehensive reference on the ethical dilemmas nurses face in daily practice. 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. 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. 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. 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 aswell as acute and critical care throughout the life span.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827377028
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Guides for Principled Behavior 1
Ch. 1 History of Nursing as an Ethical Science 2
Ch. 2 Ethical Theory 20
Ch. 3 Ethical Principles 39
Ch. 4 Ethical Decision Making 63
Pt. II Developing Principled Behavior 79
Ch. 5 Values Clarification 80
Ch. 6 Values Development 94
Pt. III Principled Behavior in the Professional Domain 107
Ch. 7 Legal Issues 108
Ch. 8 Professional Issues 133
Ch. 9 Issues Involving Nurses and the System 151
Ch. 10 Practice Issues Related to Technology 172
Ch. 11 Practice Issues Related to Patient Self-Determination 196
Ch. 12 Scholarship Issues 218
Pt. IV Global Issues That Impinge on Nursing Practice 233
Ch. 13 Health Care Changes and Challenges 234
Ch. 14 Political Issues 252
Ch. 15 Economic Issues 270
Ch. 16 Social Issues 285
Ch. 17 Gender Issues 301
Ch. 18 Transcultural and Spiritual Issues 317
Pt. V The Power to Make a Difference 335
Ch. 19 Empowerment for Nurses 336
Ch. 20 Enabling Patient Empowerment 349
App. A American Nurses Association: Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements 357
App. B American Hospital Association: A Patient's Bill of Rights 370
App. C Canadian Nurses Association: Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses 374
App. D International Council of Nurses: Code for Nurses - Ethical Concepts Applied to Nursing 382
Glossary 385
Index 396
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