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Clinical Ethics Handbook for Nurses

Emphasizing Context, Communication and Collaboration

  • Contains information for healthcare personnel facing ethical issues in the course of their work

  • Discusses the concerns faced by nurses internationally

  • Provides tools for developing confidence and skill in ethical decision making

Part of the book series: The International Library of Bioethics (ILB, volume 93)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Foundations of Professional and Clinical Ethics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Pamela J. Grace, Aimee Milliken
      Pages 3-19
    3. Developing Ethical Awareness and Ethical Sensitivity

      • Aimee Milliken, Pamela J. Grace
      Pages 21-33
  3. Essential Knowledge and Skills for Ethical Deliberations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 57-57
    2. Effective Communication—Improving Communication Skills

      • Ben Benjamin, Aimee Milliken, Pamela Grace
      Pages 59-83
    3. Models of Ethics Deliberation and Consultation

      • Aimee Milliken, Settimio Monteverde, Pamela Grace
      Pages 85-114
    4. Cultural, Religious, Language and Personal Experiences: Influences in Ethical Deliberations

      • Annette Mendola, Pamela J. Grace, Aimee Milliken
      Pages 115-132
  4. Ethical Issues Associated with Practice and Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 133-133
    2. Neonatal and Pediatric Acute and Palliative Care

      • Pamela J. Grace, Aimee Milliken, Melissa Uveges
      Pages 135-151
    3. Genetics: Nurses Roles and Responsibilities

      • Melissa K. Uveges, Andrew A. Dwyer
      Pages 153-174
    4. Ethical Issues in Psychiatric and Mental Health Care

      • Julie P. Dunne, Emma K. Blackwell, Emily Ursini, Aimee Milliken
      Pages 175-203
    5. Research on Human Subjects: Nurses Roles and Responsibilities

      • Pamela J. Grace, Aimee Milliken
      Pages 205-226
    6. Organizational Influences on Ethical Action

      • Aimee Milliken, Pamela Grace
      Pages 227-235
    7. Social Justice, Structural Disparities and Nursing Responsibilities

      • Pamela Grace, Aimee Milliken, John Welch
      Pages 237-253
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 255-258

About this book

This handbook provides tools for nurse educators, ethics educators, practicing nurses and allied health professionals for developing confidence and skill in ethical decision making in interdisciplinary settings such as acute and chronic care hospitals and clinics. It is useful for all healthcare personnel who face ethical issues in the course of their work and who work with nurses to resolve these issues. While the content is based on a US context, the concerns of nurses internationally are discussed and emphasized. Nurses working in acute and chronic care settings face many obstacles to providing good care and are often the first line of defense related to patient safety and meeting the needs of patients and their families. Some of the obstacles to optimal patient care are institutional, some sociocultural, and others the result of inadequate communication.  Evidence points to the idea that while nurses do have the knowledge and skills to address practice problems of various sorts, they may not be confident in their skills of ethical decision making and advocacy actions. This is a resource to develop moral agency on behalf of individuals and to address broader barriers to good care raised at the local, community, or social levels. 

Keywords

  • Clinical Ethics Residency for Nurses
  • Nursing Ethics
  • ethics education
  • health professionals ethics
  • institutional ethics resources
  • point of care nurses

Editors and Affiliations

  • William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA

    Pamela Grace, Aimee Milliken

About the editors

Pamela Grace is an experienced nurse, nurse educator and ethics scholar. She completed a PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics (1998). Over the past 25 years she has written and presented extensively on the topics of nursing philosophy, and nursing and healthcare ethics. Her book on ethics in advanced practice nursing received the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society national book award in the category of Health Sciences. As an Emerita faculty member of Boston College Connell School of Nursing, Massachusetts, USA, she continues to teach ethics courses on a part time basis and is involved in national and international projects to develop the ethics expertise of those responsible for educating nurses.

Aimee Milliken, PhD, RN is a Clinical Associate Professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. She is formerly the Executive Director of the Ethics Service at a large academic medical center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She practiced as a critical care nurse for over a decade. She received her PhD from Boston College and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical ethics. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on the topics of nursing ethics and clinical ethics.


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-024-2155-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)