Nursing Law and Ethics explores a variety of key legal and ethical issues in nursing practice using a thought-provoking and holistic approach. It addresses both what the law requires and what is right, and explores whether these two are always the same.
The book provides an overview of the legal, ethical and professional dimensions of nursing, followed by exploration of key issues in greater depth. This edition features updated legislation and new material on patient safety.
· Key topics are accompanied by both a legal and an ethical perspective,
covering both law and ethics
· Case examples throughout place concepts in a real-life context
· Written by experts in the field and includes contributions from leading nurses, lawyers and ethicists
Accessible, relevant, and comprehensive, this title is ideal for pre- and post-registration nurses.
The Wiley Advantage
· Written by experts in the field and includes contributions from leading
nurses, lawyers and ethicists
· New fully updated edition of a successful textbook for nurses
· Aimed specifically at the nursing market
· Brings law and ethics together in one volume to emphasise both what the law is and how to apply it
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Part One: The Dimensions 1
1 The Legal Dimension: Legal System and Method 3
2 The Ethical Dimension: Nursing Practice, Nursing Philosophy and Nursing Ethics
3 The Regulatory Perspective: Professional Regulation of Nurses and Midwives
Fiona Culley and Anupama Thompson
4 The Complaints Dimension: Patient and Family Complaints in Health Care 51
5 The Policy Dimension: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric Towards a Safer NHS 68
Part Two: The Perspectives 99
A The Legal Perspective 101
B An Ethical Perspective – Negligence and Moral Obligations 118
7 Consent and the Capable Adult Patient.
A The Legal Perspective 128
B An Ethical Perspective – Consent and Patient Autonomy 151
8 Responsibility, Liability and Scarce Resources.
A The Legal Perspective 166.
B An Ethical Perspective – How to Do the Right Thing 192
9 Mental Health Nursing
A The Legal Perspective 201
B An Ethical Perspective – Compulsion and Autonomy 235
10 The Critically Ill Patient
A The Legal Perspective 249
B An Ethical Perspective 271
11 Clinical Governance
A The Legal Perspective 286
Vanessa L. Mayatt
B An Ethical Perspective 304
12 Clinical Research and Patients
A The Legal Perspective 320
B An Ethical Perspective – Nursing Research 358
13 The Elderly
A Older People and Nursing Care 368
B Person-Centred Care, Personal Identity and the Interests of People with Dementia
Table of Cases 401
Table of Statutes 410
John Tingle is Head of International Development and Reader
in Health Law at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University.
Alan Cribb is Professor of Bioethics and Education at King’s College London and Director of the Centre for Public Policy Research.