Ethics in Nursing – An African Perspective

  • Miriam Carole Atieno WagoroEmail author
  • Sinegugu Evidence Duma
Part of the Advancing Global Bioethics book series (AGBIO, volume 13)


Most of the literature that nurses in Africa refer to when confronted with ethical challenges is from high-income countries. Examples from such literature often do not resonate with the African socio-cultural and religious contexts. In this chapter, the authors introduce the nurses to the African perspectives on ethical dimensions of professional nursing practice. The authors provide nurses with an understanding of ethical theories, principles and decision-making tips applied in patient or client care. In this regard, the authors present case examples selected across Africa. These cases aim to facilitate understanding of how ethical issues are analysed and argued to make clinical decisions in ethical dilemmas.


Nursing Ethical challenges Bioethics Nursing ethics Ethical principles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam Carole Atieno Wagoro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sinegugu Evidence Duma
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Nursing SciencesUniversity of NairobiNairobiKenya
  2. 2.University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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