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Understanding Ethics for Nursing Students

Understanding Ethics for Nursing Students

Third Edition

March 2020 | 192 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 new NMC standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018)

·        A practical guide that explores how ethics applies to nursing and where theory fits in

·        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 think about how ethics fits in with who they are and how they behave

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

This book provides the essential ethical, reflective approach that is needed in nursing, offering a framework which helps guide and develop an individual’s own thoughts, and encouraging decision-making that is based on a sound ethical understanding. It strengthens the ability of nurses to develop the values that will underpin their work and enable them to offer ethical services and leadership in the years to come.

Celia Pyke-Lees, Retired Chief Executive; St Michael's Hospice, St. Leonards on Sea

Assists with Module learning.

Dr Alison Wadey
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University
December 14, 2022

The activities within each section help students to apply the theoretical elements to "real life" situations.

Mrs Fiona Ryder
Nursing and Midwifery (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
November 14, 2022

great book for all years pre reg and years 1& 2 of the Msc pre reg nursing modules

Mrs Annemarie Horn
Nursing and Midwifery (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
February 2, 2022

A very useful book for students and teachers. Happy to use it.

Mr Maxwell Efosa Omoruyi
Nursing, University of Sunderland in London
May 31, 2020

The academic level of the text is too high for the students and does not fully suit the curriculum's content.

Ms Lynn Brown
Healthcare, City of Glasgow College
July 5, 2021
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.