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Nursing Ethics, 5th Edition


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This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. The authors have developed a holistic approach that explores: ethics in hospital and community settings, inter-disciplinary teamwork, ward and hospital management, nursing research, performance management and the political ethics of nursing administration, health service re-structuring and reform. The content has been substantially revised for this edition and significant new material added to reflect developments in theory and practice.

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    • An up-to-date analysis of professions in the context of modernity, to enable health professionals to make sense of global cultural & social developments
    • An analysis of the ethics of evidence-based practice
    • An examination of professional accountability and ethics in performance management to help practitioners/managers understand the ethical basis of management
    • useful web links and teaching notes on a dedicated website:

Key Features

    • covers a wide range of ethical issues - much more than just ‘clinical' dilemmas and decision-making skills
    • a down-to-earth and practical approach to applied ethics
    • user-friendly layout
    • material on moral theory kept to a minimum (but dealt with thoroughly at the end of the book)
    • focuses on ethical issues in nursing and case studies taken from nursing practice i.e. the concrete concerns of nurses and other front-line workers
    • pedagogical features include: chapter aims, learning outcomes and further reading for possible essay, tutorial and project topics
    • also useful as a general work of reference on ethic in health care

Author Information

    By Ian E. Thompson, BA(Hons) PhD, Former Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia; Fremantle, Western Australia & Honorary Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; Kath M. Melia, BNurs(Manc), PhD, Head of School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; Kenneth M. Boyd, Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; and Dorothy Horsburgh, PhD, MEd, BA(Hons,) RGN, DipCNE, RNT, RCNT, Lecturer, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

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Nursing Ethics, 5th Edition
  • Paperback
  • Reference
  • 424 Pages
  • Trim Size: 7 7/16 X 9 11/16 in
  • Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10138-0
  • Copyright: 2006