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Ethics is concerned with 'right and wrong', although agreeing what is 'right' can be challenging. An understanding of ethics is essential to the delivery of skilled professional care. It is vital that nurses appreciate the value of ethics in their work. Ethics is relevant to clinical, practice-based issues and affects all areas of the professional nursing… (More)
Euthanasia is a highly emotive and contentious subject, giving rise to a great deal of debate. However, despite its frequent exposure in public and professional media, there appears to be a lack of clarity about the concepts and definitions used in the euthanasia debate. This suggests that discussions on this subject are inadequately informed and… (More)
Dame Chris Beasley, the chief nursing officer for England, claims that nurses may have become desensitised to mixed-sex wards (news June 17).
This series of articles has been developed with the intention of increasing nurses' awareness of ethics and ethical decision-making and clarifying the relationship between ethical thinking and effective nursing practice. A number of issues have been examined to show how ethics affects the professional role, but many other clinical and non-clinical aspects… (More)
The legal status of euthanasia is frequently deliberated. It remains unlawful in Britain and advocates for a change in the law are vigorously opposed by those who argue that it should remain unchanged. An objective account, in which current law and arguments for and against change are exposed, is essential to inform the euthanasia debate. In this article… (More)
In England, Scotland and Wales legislation has facilitated the process of procuring an abortion to the point at which, in 2007, it appears to have been effectively assimilated into contemporary life. However, despite the legal acceptance of abortion it remains an ethically contentious subject. Arguments in favour of, or in opposition to, abortion can arouse… (More)
At the heart of the top-up care debate is whether patients have a justifiable claim - a right - to buy additional treatment while receiving NHS care (editorial and news October 22).
Reflection on the moral significance of acts and omissions is fundamental to the ongoing ethical consideration that all nurses should engage in when they are caring for a dying patient (Art & Science December 9).