Ethics in Nursing: Cases, Principles, and Reasoning

Paperback | February 8, 2010

byMartin Benjamin, Joy Curtis

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Starting with detailed cases based on real life, the fourth edition of Ethics in Nursing introduces the principles, concepts, and reasoning needed to think them through. Changes in this edition reflect important developments in nursing, ethical theory, and nursing ethics. Among the expandedset of 64 cases, 22 have been significantly revised and 15 are entirely new. Reasoning skills and philosophical understanding are explained and illustrated in cases involving: nurses and clients; inter-professional relationships; personal responsibility for institutional and public policy; and costcontainment, justice, and rationing. New material on ethical theory includes an illustrated explanation and defense of moral pluralism, a section on the ethics of care, and an expanded discussion of reflective equilibrium as a method of ethical reasoning. New topics include pandemics and care forSARS patients, elderly patients contemplating suicide, and workplace violence. As with previous editions, both the nursing and philosophical content are self-contained, making the book accessible to readers with little or no background in either. Ethics in Nursing provides practicing and studentnurses with a useful introduction to the identification and analysis of ethical issues that reflects both the special perspective of nursing and the value of systematic philosophical inquiry.

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Starting with detailed cases based on real life, the fourth edition of Ethics in Nursing introduces the principles, concepts, and reasoning needed to think them through. Changes in this edition reflect important developments in nursing, ethical theory, and nursing ethics. Among the expandedset of 64 cases, 22 have been significantly...

Martin Benjamin is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University Joy Curtis is Emerita Professor of Nursing and Emerita University Ombudsman also at Michigan State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 1 inPublished:February 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195380223

ISBN - 13:9780195380224

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CasesPart 1. Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Inquiry1. Moral dilemmas in nursing2. Ethical codes: uses and limitations3. The fundamental question of morality4. Ethical inquiry5. Ethical autonomy and institutional-hierarchical constraintsPart 2. Unavoidable Topics in Ethical Theory1. Introduction2. Basic ethical principles3. Comprehensive Ethical Theories4. Moral Pluralism5. A Comprehensive Ethics of Care?6. Ethical Reasoning7. Ethics, law, and religionPart 3. Nurses and Clients1. Introduction2. Parentalism3. Deception4. Confidentiality5. Personal risks and professional obligations6. Conflicting claimsPart 4. Recurring Ethical Issues in Interprofessional Relationships1. Conflicts between nurse and other health care providers2. Nurse Autonomy3. Collaboration4. Integrity-preserving compromise5. Conscientious refusal6. Determining responsibilityPart 5. Ethical Dilemmas Among Nurses1. Tensions between nurses2. Respect for persons3. Professional obligations4. Administrative dilemmasPart 6. Personal Responsibility for Institutional and Public Policy1. The scope of individual responsibility2. Institutional policies and strikes3. Institutional ethics committees4. Blowing the whistle5. Public policy: advance directives6. Public Policy: workplace violence7. Putting it all togetherPart 7. Cost Containment, Justice, and Rationing1. Introduction2. Cost containment and the claims of justice3. Access to care4. The concept of rationing5. The Oregon proposal6. Toward ethical rationing7. Rationing and the importance of nursing care8. The expanding scope of nursing ethicsAppendix A: International Council of Nurses Code of Ethics for NursesAppendix B: American Hospital Association: The Patient Care PartnershipAppendix C: Cases for AnalysisSuggestions for Further ReadingIndex