Everyday clinical practice is steeped in ethical considerations, but discussion of ethics is often removed from these real-life situations. Kath M Melia's new book works in the gap between theory and practice. The chapters tackle the main theories which form the discussion on ethics, and include practical case examples, which bring these theories into the clinical context. These classic and everyday cases challenge the reader to critically reflect on his/her own experiences and outlook. The social, legal and professional regulation context is brought into the discussion throughout, to equip students with the knowledge that they need to make clinical decisions. Topics covered include: - Beauchamp and Childress' four principles of bioethics - Rights - Personal and individual conscience - Moral philosophy - The virtues/virtue ethics of the practitioner. This book will be essential reading for pre-registration nursing students taking modules in ethics and law. It will also be a valuable text for postgraduates and qualified nurses, and students of health who need to gain an appreciation of ethics. www.sagepub.co.uk/melia

Nursing and Health Care Ethics – the Sociological Perspective

Nursing and health care ethics – the sociological perspective

Jaques: I do not like her name.

Orlando: There was no thought of pleasing you when she was christened.

Shakespeare, c.1600, As You Like It, III, ii

A view of nursing – overheard in a coffee shop in Edinburgh1

Two women, sitting a couple of tables away from me, were discussing visiting a friend in hospital. The friend had complained that the place was noisy. They went on to speak about their own experiences of noise in wards at night. Their discussion was lively and with much laughter. One said that she had been kept awake by nurses chatting, laughing and generally making noise at the nurses’ station all through the ...

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