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Understanding Ethics for Nursing Students

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Title: Understanding Ethics for Nursing Students

Author: Peter Ellis

Publisher: Sage Publishing

Reviewer: Jane Brown, patient safety advisor, Worcester acute NHS Trust 

What was it like?

This was an easy book to utilise. The author sets the nursing student out on the right path straight away to appreciate that ethics are paramount for the work they carry out with patients and to take them through their whole career in nursing. This is a practical guide, which the reader can use within both the academic and workplace setting.

The NMC standards and Essential Skills Clusters are included in each chapter and are clearly listed and linked specifically to ethical issues. The author has ensured that this is up to date and relevant for today’s nurses.

I found the book was extremely informative and all too often in other text book ethics can be a difficult subject to understand.

What were the highlights? 

Reading through the book, one aspect that I may not have expected to read in any depth was the Duty of Candour which came into force for NHS bodies in 2014. This was, I am glad to say, included and was extremely useful to me as a Patient Safety Advisor, but equally was set out to ensure all grades of staff understand this important aspect of patient care.

I found the chapters were set out in a way that this would ensure learning but also that it would not put the reader off. The author has the enviable ability to explain issues really well and ensures the reader is always engaged.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The book assists the reader to understand and help them to deal with some complex aspect of ethical care in a accommodating way.

The case studies are up to date and relevant for today’s nursing students.

I was particularly interested in how the Francis report (2013) would be incorporated into this text book and found this both informative and would help nurses ensure that lessons are learnt and to be able to move forward.

Each chapter does not end abruptly, as there is good and useful reference material to ensure that the nursing student can read wider on this subject.

The glossary is really helpful as within the healthcare setting we can be bombarded with words that we do not always use in the correct concept. This ensures that the nursing student gets this right first time. If this can be highlighted right at the very beginning this will equip the student nurse for life.

Who should read it?

Although this book is primarily aimed at the nursing student, this is apt for all levels of nurses in today’s healthcare setting. This would serve as an extremely good refresher course for all levels of nurses today. This book needs to be on the shelf in the ward office for all staff to obtain.

Understanding Ethics for Nursing Students

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