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

Rights-based Ethics

Rights-based ethics

To no man will we sell, or deny, or delay, right or justice.

Magna Carta, 1215

Rights can be thought about at various levels ranging from those which require legislation to the rather more everyday presumption that we are all entitled to act as we choose. Rights are perhaps best thought of as justifiable claims, legal or moral, that individuals can make upon others or upon society. Legal rights are claims which are justified by recourse to the law, whereas moral rights are claims that are justified in terms of moral principles and rules (Beauchamp and Childress, 2001: 357). Rights usually correlate with duties. They can also conflict with the rights of others. For example, a patient may ask to exercise their right ...

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