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Arm your shelves: Ethics

In the ongoing search for worthwhile reads, don’t forget the following page-turners about our Special Edition topic of Ethics.

Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing

4th Edition
Cengage Learning

Today’s nurses face many legal and ethical dilemmas that fall outside the scope of clinical and medical training. In the newest edition of “Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing,” authors Margaret A. Burkhardt and Alvita K. Nathaniel, examine key topics in ethics for the 21st century. These include patient advocacy and rights, diversity, medication-error prevention, healthcare information management, accountability and healthcare reform. Principles, theories, trends and models in patient care are offered to help nurses make ethically sound decisions in complex and sometimes controversial situations. Historical examples demonstrate how to think critically through various problems while upholding moral and professional standards, as well as the law.

This edition explores ethical issues in health policy and economics, along with social, gender, transcultural and spiritual considerations.

The edition also offers supplemental, interactive tools to challenge nursing students and nurses further, and prepare them for morally sound behavior in any healthcare setting.Included is a special self-reflection feature with “Ask Yourself” articles that present real-world ethical dilemmas to encourage contemplation about personal beliefs and biases. Readers will find expanded web resources with links and references for exploring chapter concepts further to heighten understanding of provocative issues.


Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements

American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association updated its “Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements” in January 2015. The book offers a framework for ethical analysis and decision-making for nurses across all practice levels, roles and settings. Revisions were necessary to respond to the complexities of modern nursing.

This revision retains interpretive statements for each of nine provisions and provides more specific guidance for practice. The Code reiterates fundamental values, identifies boundaries of duty and loyalty and describes duties that extend beyond individual patient encounters. The provisions delve into respect for human dignity, conflict of interest, health as a universal right, integrating social justice, protection of human participants in research, professional growth and collaboration.

The book also includes new links to foundational and supplemental documents. A timeline for the evolution of the code of ethics is also given.

ANA’s Code of Ethics is the promise that nurses are doing their best to provide care for their patients and their communities and are supporting each other in fulfilling ethical and professional obligations. This tool can be used as leverage to a better future for nurses, patients and healthcare.


Nursing Ethics: Across the Curriculum and Into Practice

4th Edition
Jones & Bartlett Learning 2015

Authors Janie B. Butts and Karen L. Rich completed the fourth edition of this book in March 2015. This edition integrates the concept of nursing ethics across the curriculum by preparing students and professionals for the moral issues encountered in practice. It has been revised to reflect the latest changes of nursing ethics within healthcare. The text includes three sections: Foundational Theories, Concepts and Professional Issues; Moving into Ethics Across the Lifespan; and Ethics Related to Special Issues focused on specific populations and nursing roles. The ANA Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements is included as an appendix. Each new print copy also includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access, which directs students to an interactive ebook with practice activities and instructor resources.



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Special Topics Editor Deborah Filipek develops and edits content for OnCourse Learning’s blog, which covers news, trends and features relevant to nurses. She has more than 25 years of writing and editing experience, having previously worked for weekly newspapers and ad agencies in the Chicagoland area.

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