Applied Ethics in Nursing

Applied Ethics in Nursing

Applied Ethics in Nursing

Applied Ethics in Nursing

Synopsis

Designated a Doody's Core Title! What constitutes "informed consent"? What can I do if the patient lacks the capacity to make decisions? How should I respond to a patient who requests my help in dying? What is the rationale for giving a patient medication (chemical restraints) against his or her will? What exactly are "patient's rights" and how does one advocate for one's patients? Applied Ethics in Nursing provides an easily understandable guide to the kind of ethical dilemmas you face in practice. Using a question-and-answer format along with numerous case studies, this text offers best practices and strategies for approaching the difficult problems commonly found in clinical practice. This book also addresses organizational and institutional issues that can confound or promote ethically sound decision making. Each chapter ends with a resource list of websites and recommendations for further reading. The American Nurses' Association Code of Ethics for Nurses is used as a guide throughout, along with standards and guidelines from other major healthcare and governmental organizations.

Excerpt

Applied Ethics in Nursing is designed to give practicing and student nurses an easily understandable guide to the kind of everyday ethical dilemmas they may face. The book uses a question and answer format along with numerous case studies to present best practices and strategies for approaching the difficult problems commonly found in clinical practice. It also addresses organizational and institutional issues that can confound or promote ethically sound decision making. The question-and-answer and case study format is used so that ethics is discussed in the context of [reallife] situations. Each chapter ends with a resource list of websites and recommendations for further reading. The American Nurses' Association Code of Ethics for Nurses is used as a guide throughout, along with standards and guidelines from other major health care and governmental organizations.

Chapter authors were selected for their expertise in their respective specialties and a knowledge of typical ethical problems found in these areas. They derived the questions and cases for their chapters from three methods. In some cases, they conducted focus groups with clinical nurses to develop situations commonly encountered. Authors also searched the literature to determine the most often discussed issues. Finally, authors worked with other experts in their field to determine the key information needed by practicing nurses in that specialty. Most chapters were developed with a combination of these three methods.

The book is divided into six parts. After establishing basic principles of ethics in Part I, a developmental perspective is used for Parts II through IV, in which ethics is presented in terms of specific life stages, from pre-conception and the beginning of life to end-of-life issues. Vulnerable populations with special ethical considerations, such as individuals with HIV/AIDS or mental illness, are included in Part III. Part V discusses developing an organizational culture that supports ethical behavior. Part VI examines specific responses of patients from different cultures and religions.

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