Understanding ethics and law in health care is an essential part of nurse and midwife professional standards, and a core component of qualifying programmes. Ethics, Law and Health Care teaches applied ethics and law in a way that illustrates the real world applications of these essential aspects of practice. It enables readers to not only recognise but also address legal and ethical issues that will arise in their professional practice. The book approaches these issues using the Nursing and Midwifery Codes of Ethics, the Codes of Professional Conduct and the four principles of biomedical ethics:
Filled with case studies, review questions and useful further reading, this book gives readers a solid understanding of ethics and law in health care, and a clear decision-making framework so they can take action confidently.
Fiona McDonald is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology and is Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University, Canada. She teaches in the area of health law and ethics to law students and a range of health professionals. Shih-Ning Then is a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology and is a member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. She teaches in the area of health law and ethics to law students and a range of health professionals.
Chapter 1 Ethics and law.- Chapter 2 Ethics and ethical and legal decision- making frameworks.- Chapter 3 The Australian legal system.- Chapter 4 Ethics, law and nursing and midwifery practice.- Chapter 5 Adult patients - consent and refusal of consent.- Chapter 6 Children as patients.- Chapter 7 Ethics, law and health information management.- Chapter 8 Patient safety and negligence.- Chapter 9 Ethics, law and mental health.- Chapter 10 Ethics, law and the elderly.- Chapter 11 End-of-life issues.- Chapter 12 Issues relevant to reproduction, pregnancy and birth.- Chapter 13 [NEW] Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and health law and ethics [position TBC].- Appendices.- Code of Ethics for Nurses in Australia.- Code of Ethics for Midwives in Australia.- Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia.- Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia.- Glossary.- References.- Legislation.- International human rights instruments.- List of cases.