Ethics, Law and Nursing

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An introduction to the ethical and legal dilemmas in nursing practice, this text is designed to provoke the nurse to reflect on the nature of his or her professional obligations and future practice. The authors firstly familiarise the reader with the basic principles of ethical debate and the overall structure of the legal system as it effects nurses. They then address the fundamental dilemmas of nursing practice, such as whether or not paternalism can ever be justified, if patients have the right to die, and ...
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Overview


An introduction to the ethical and legal dilemmas in nursing practice, this text is designed to provoke the nurse to reflect on the nature of his or her professional obligations and future practice. The authors firstly familiarise the reader with the basic principles of ethical debate and the overall structure of the legal system as it effects nurses. They then address the fundamental dilemmas of nursing practice, such as whether or not paternalism can ever be justified, if patients have the right to die, and what a nurse's response should be to poor professional practice by colleagues. The book aims to enhance the reader's understanding of the issues, and to educate nurses to develop their own skills of reasoning and judgement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719040504
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Table of cases
Table of statutes
1 Ethics, law and society 1
2 Nurses and ethics 7
3 Nurses and the law 18
4 Autonomy and consent 35
5 Confidentiality and whistleblowing 57
6 Justice and the allocation of resources 82
7 Responsibilities and accountability 104
8 Pregnancy and childbirth 130
9 Nursing the sick child 144
10 Caring for vulnerable people 165
11 Nurses and clinical research 185
12 Nursing the dying 201
Sources and further reading 223
Index 226
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