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Law and Ethics in Nursing and Healthcare

Law and Ethics in Nursing and Healthcare
An Introduction

Second Edition

January 2017 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Now in its second edition, Law and Ethics in Nursing and Healthcare: An Introduction continues to provide all the information nursing and healthcare students need to know about ‘what is legal’ and ‘how to decide what is right’ in order to practise safely and ethically. Graham Avery focuses directly on the vital areas – such as negligence, consent, confidentiality, and professional conduct – with a practical and accessible approach aimed at healthcare students as well as practitioners.

Key features include:

  • a new chapter on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
  • Up-to-date information related to the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Francis Report.
  • Real life case studies to help students think critically about difficult clinical situations.
  • End-of-chapter scenarios activities with suggested answers to reinforce knowledge. 

Qualified as a Registered Nurse and holding an MA in Medical Law and Ethics, Graham Avery is a Lecturer at the University of Essex.


The UK legal system
An introduction to healthcare ethics
Professional conduct
Mental health
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Resource allocation
End of life decisions

This comprehensive text clarifies the legal and ethical system and relates it to the current healthcare environments. Each chapter can be read in isolation and is illuminated with legal case histories. This book is relevant to both students and qualified staff and the scenarios are useful to practice knowledge gained.

Sheila Stott, Northumbria University, UK

The 2nd Edition of Law and Ethics in Nursing and Healthcare is an excellent introductory text for students from a range of disciplines not just nursing. The content provides a detailed exploration of the key legal and ethical issues relevant to contemporary healthcare practice.  The text enables students to gain the necessary legal and ethical knowledge which underpins the development of professional competencies relating to professional conduct, standards of practice, maintaining confidentiality, gaining consent, mental capacity, and best interest decision making.

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Mason, Bangor University, UK

An excellent book, which comprehensively covers all aspects of law and ethics in easy to read chapters. Certainly a book you can pick up and use when needed. It covers up-to-date information including the Francis Report and the Health and Social Care Act of 2012. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards has also been added to this edition. It clarifies many issues that those working in Healthcare face.

Ibadete Fetahu
Nursing Times

Essential book for undergraduate student midwives

Mrs Sarah Johnson
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
July 22, 2022

Excellent overview of law and ethics to help shape professional practice.

Mrs Elizabeth Hart
Health & Social Care (Cambridge), Anglia Ruskin University
February 12, 2021

A very accessible text that build effectively upon the previous edition. Will be adding to the reading list.

Dr Mark Davies
Faculty of Life Science and Education, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
November 15, 2019