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Understanding Ethics for Nursing Students

Understanding Ethics for Nursing Students

Fourth Edition

February 2024 | 200 pages | Learning Matters

Ethics have an significant impact on the decisions nurses make in their day-to-day work, so it’s important for all student nurses to develop their understanding of ethical frameworks as preparation for future practice. In this book, the author explains ethical ideas, theories and concepts in simple to understand terms, focussing on real-life nursing situations in order to make applying these principles to practice easy. This book will make student nurses consider their own values, and how ethics fit into who they are and how they behave, helping them to unlock this interesting and complex subject.

Key features:

  • Fully mapped to the NMC Future Nurse standards of proficiency (2018)
  • A practical guide that explores how ethics applies to nursing and shows you how the theory fits in to the realities of practice
  •  Contains real work case studies with an emphasis on ethical decision making
  •  Activities challenge students to reflect on their own values, experiences and prejudices and to think about how ethics fits in with who they are and how they behave

Chapter 1: Introducing ethics
Chapter 2: What ethics is and what ethics is not
Chapter 3: Ethical theories
Chapter 4: Developing ethical understanding through reflection
Chapter 5: Rights
Chapter 6: Protecting and promoting autonomy
Chapter 7: Dilemmas at the start and end of life
Chapter 8: Your ethical future

Accessible companion reading on the subject area

Mr Alex Miller-Fik
Health & Social Care (Cambridge), Anglia Ruskin University
March 20, 2024

This book I thought was easy to pick up and read and understand ethics in nursing. This book again was used as a basis for the redevelopment of the ethics seminar in medicines management.

Mrs Margaret Ellen Dorward
Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health, Northumbria University
January 26, 2024
Key features

Key need 1         Students and new nurses find ethical concepts hard to grasp

Key feature        The book is a clearly written introductory guide to ethics to help students and those new to the subject understand ethics

Key benefit        Students and new nurses will be able to understand ethics more easily

Key need 2         The NMC standards for nursing students specify that ethics must be taught at pre-registration level and all nurses need to be aware of conform to the NMC Code (revised in 2015)

Key feature        Each chapter is linked to the latest NMC standards relating to ethical issues and the book will be updated to reflect the new NMC Code.

Key benefit        Lecturers and students can be sure they are covering the NMC requirements and have a completely up to date resource

Key need 3         Nurses and nursing students find it hard to relate ethical principles to everyday practice

Key feature        Case studies and scenarios show how to resolve real ethical dilemmas

Key benefit        Readers can see how ethics impacts on the real world and how they can use ethical principles to improve care or challenge poor practice


Key need 4         Nurses and nursing students need to know how to use ethics in practice themselves

Key feature        Activities throughout challenge the reader to apply what they have learnt to their own practice

Key benefit        Readers will see how to use ethics in practice themselves

Lecturer USP: Mapped to the 2018 NMC standards, packed with active learning features and written in student-friendly language, this book will help you to tackle the complex topic of ethics in the classroom. 

Student USP: Mapped to the 2018 NMC standards, packed with activities and case studies and written in clear, straightforward language, this book will demystify ethics and show you how to use ethical principles in your practice.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Sample Chapter - Introducing Ethics

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