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Nursing Ethics

A new edition of this popular textbook, which presents a unique and interactive approach to nursing ethics using cases, discussion questions and summaries to foster the development of a wide range of ethical skills and intelligences.

  • New to this edition:

    • Themes of ‘communication as an ethical value’ and ‘moral distress and moral space and ethical environment’ are integrated as concepts and realities that impact on institutional structures and represent personal challenges for staff and hospital structures.
    • Includes a new chapter on moral disagreement and a more interactive chapter on the ethics of nursing research.
    • Provides more focus on themes and includes a suggested professional responsibilities section at the end of most chapters.
  • Considers ethical cases and concerns of nurses working in an Irish context, relating them to Irish Law and the Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses and Midwives.

  • Ethical theories are addressed throughout the text and presented in a coherent and accessible manner.

  • New terms are defined, ethical and legal principles are explained, familiar notions are probed and arguments are evaluated.
  • A glossary of terms to define concepts is provide in each chapter.
  • Summaries are provided at the end of each section and chapter.


- Undergraduate and postgraduate student nurses

- Staff nurses undertaking post-registration programmes

A new layout and approach
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Publication Date

March 2012




Paperback, 208 pages

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Gill Education


Foreword by Professor Ann Gallagher


Section One: The Patient–Nurse Relationship

Chapter 1: Autonomy and Beneficence
Chapter 2: Informed Consent to Nursing and Medical Procedures
Chapter 3: Truthful Conversations
Chapter 4: Respecting Patient Confidentiality

Section Two: Living and Dying

Chapter 5: Abortion and the Law
Chapter 6: Companying the Dying

Section Three: Nursing Ethically

Chapter 7: Ethics of Healthcare Research
Chapter 8: Moral Disagreement and Distress
Chapter 9: Traditional Moral Theories
Chapter 10: Contemporary Moral Theories



1. Gillick Competence
2. Advance Directives

a) Sample Form of a General Advance Directive 

b) Advance Decision to Refuse Specified Medical Treatment:

for Jehovah’


233 x 155 mm


By Joan McCarthy and Dolores Dooley Foreword by Ann Gallagher

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Dolores Dooley MA, PhD is a lecturer in Healthcare Ethics and Law at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Joan McCarthy MA, PhD is a lecturer in Healthcare Ethics in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork.

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