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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Colleen E. Tepen, BSN (Saint Louis University)
Description: This book provides a number of practical tools to aid advanced practice nursing professionals (APNs) as they address complex ethical issues encountered in daily practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to increase readers' knowledge and understanding of medical ethics and to equip APNs with the tools necessary to engage in complex ethical issues. The use of discussion questions and case studies highlights the application of ethical reasoning in clinical practice. A glossary serves as a quick reference for essential phrases and definitions.
Audience: This book is appropriate for graduate level nursing students and APNs.
Features: The first of the book's three sections discusses the philosophical foundations of nursing ethics and the relationship between ethics and good patient care. The second section investigates common ethical issues that arise in advanced practice, such as the nurse-patient relationship, professional responsibility, social justice, human rights, and ethical leadership by APNs. The third section deals with ethical issues pertinent to specialty areas in advanced practice nursing, including neonatal issues, child and adolescent health, women's health, adult-gerontological health, psychiatric and mental health, anesthesia and perioperative issues, as well as palliative and end-of-life care.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference for graduate nursing students and APNs who seek guidance in the clinical application of ethical decision-making. The author's unique background as a critical care nurse and a primary care nurse practitioner, as well as her doctor of philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics, well equips her to create a resource that is exceptionally relevant to advanced practice nurses.