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

Ethics and the Law

Ethics and the law

The good of the people is the chief law.

Cicero, 106–43 BC

This chapter is concerned with the relationship between law and ethics in the context of the everyday practice of nursing and is essentially about judgement. The legal and ethical aspects of health care are often discussed together. The relationship between law and ethics is of interest because ethical issues which arise in nursing invariably have legal aspects to them. The law and morality are closely linked and this makes sense in so far as they provide a framework for understanding the rights and wrongs of clinical practice and care. In a society that operates a division of labour and has public provision of services, there have to ...

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