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Book and Media Reviews
February 2, 2011

Ethics in Nursing: Cases, Principles, and Reasoning

JAMA. 2011;305(5):512-513. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.66

The fourth edition of Ethics in Nursing: Cases, Principles, and Reasoning is a comprehensive book discussing ethical situations and application of ethical principles. The purpose of the book, according to authors Martin Benjamin and Joy Curtis, is to provide practicing and student nurses with an introduction to identifying and analyzing ethical issues from both a nursing perspective and a systematic philosophical inquiry approach. This is accomplished through a progression of chapters beginning with basic information on moral dilemmas and ethical inquiry and subsequent chapters addressing nurse-client dilemmas, nurse-nurse and nurse-physician situations, and conflicts between nursing and public policy. Case studies interwoven throughout the chapters provide a springboard for discussion, including analysis and application of ethical principles. Case studies highlighted include “Placebos,” “Working Extra Hours,” “Employee With a Drug Problem,” “Limiting Health Care,” and “Unfortunate But Not Unfair? (Liver Transplant).”

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