Key Concepts and Issues in Nursing Ethics

  • P. Anne Scott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Derek Sellman
    Pages 43-54
  3. Ann Gallagher
    Pages 55-68
  4. Alan J. Kearns
    Pages 69-81
  5. Anna-Marie Greaney, Dónal P. O’Mathúna
    Pages 83-99
  6. P. Anne Scott
    Pages 101-113
  7. Janet Holt
    Pages 115-128
  8. Janet Holt
    Pages 129-143
  9. Grahame Smith
    Pages 145-157
  10. P. Anne Scott
    Pages 191-205

About this book


Short case studies, based on real stories from the health care arena, ensure that each chapter of this book is rooted in descriptions of nursing practise that are grounded, salient narratives of nursing care. The reader is assisted to explore the ethical dimension of nursing practice: what it is and how it can be portrayed, discussed, and analysed within a variety of practice and theoretical contexts. One of the unique contributions of this book is to consider nursing not only in the context of the individual nurse – patient relationship but also as a social good that is of necessity limited, due to the ultimate limits on the nursing and health care resource. This book will help the reader consider what good nursing looks like, both within the context of limitations on resources and under conditions of scarcity.

Indeed, any discussion of ethical issues in nursing should be well grounded in a conceptualisation of nursing that nursing students and practising nursing can recognise, accept and engage with. Nursing, like medicine, social work and teaching has a clear moral aim – to do good. In the case of nursing to do good for the patient. However it is vital that in the pressurised, constrained health service of the 21st century, we help nurses explore what this might mean for nursing practice and what can reasonably be expected of the individual nurse in terms of good nursing care.


Nursing Ethics Person Autonomy Resource allocation and rationing of care

Editors and affiliations

  • P. Anne Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.Vice President for Equality & DiversityNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49249-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49250-6
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