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This book makes a valuable, innovative and practical contribution to the literature on decision-making and ethics in care. The book builds on philosopher David Seedhouse’s substantial body of work in philosophy as applied to health and care. It is unusual in bringing together the experience of a philosopher and an expert nurse. The book focuses on ‘personal judgement’, underpinned by fast and slow thinking, and draws attention to the complex and multi-faceted nature of decision-making in care contexts.
A timely, well written book on decision making which I thoroughly recommend. A corrective to ‘check box’ culture and normative rule following.
David and Vanessa’s reflection are worthwhile and enable the reader to understand potential perspectives which may differ to their own and therefore further opportunity to broaden considerations.
I believe it is a timely book which serves as a useful resource for all health professionals in how we might cope with conflicts and issues that will inevitably arise in their future practice. This book and the well-considered scenarios cover a range of pertinent topics, the reflections by both are very thought provoking. They provide some very humane responses to different situations. David and Vanessa's reflections complement each other well and are really useful in offering different perspectives on the same scenarios.
If computers could make all the decisions, we would not need human beings. A significant challenge in healthcare education is enabling students to find a balance between following the rules and algorithms of healthcare and creating a truly respectful and collaborative relationship with patients.
This book challenges the received wisdom of normative and inductive ethics and requires the reader to engage in ethical thinking utilising a wholly new paradigm which includes asking questions of oneself. I commend this book to any practitioner looking to understand ethical practice within modern healthcare.
Another excellent text from SAGE! With a wealth of scenarios which will encourage discussion and build confidence in students' own decision making skills. By including critical thinking, decision making, reflective practice and ethics it will be a valuable resource for student nurses and lecturers.
This book is a must read for nurses in all fields, whether student or registered. Any nurse who has questioned their own judgment or that of others, pondered over the whys and wherefores of decisions made, situations unfolded and what ifs, will find it infinitely helpful. The combination of David’s philosophy and Vanessa’s clinical expertise shine lights on the messiness of clinical practice and misfits of rules and regulations designed to guide nurses through their daily work. The book acknowledges the confusion that inexperience throws up and gives reassurance as to how to overcome it.
Essential reading for nurses. A powerful case is presented for a more holistic, human-centred approach to healthcare - one which would benefit patients most of all, but also the nursing profession itself which it empowers as a true frontline decision maker. That its knowledge and experience have been undermined by a growing tide of rules and protocols should concern everyone, not the least the patients whom it serves.