The Nurse’s Viewpoint on Ethics

  • Pat Webb


Today’s nurses may be deeply involved in the comprehensive care of cancer patients and their families. This contrasts sharply with 20 or 30 years ago, when oncology was not a specialty and nursing training aimed at competence to give physical care to those who were physically sick, or support those who were mentally disturbed. Education of the professional nurse of today incorporates training in biological, social and behavioural science, and nurses are therefore equipped to care for the sick and their families and also to be aware of the impact of illness on their lives. Nursing has moved into a professional role where total responsibility and accountability for care is expected.


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Further Reading

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    Bandman, E.L. and Bandman, B. (1985) Nursing Ethics in the Lifespan, Appleton-Century-Crofts, ConnecticutGoogle Scholar
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    Benoliel, J. Q. (1970) Talking to patients about death. Nursing Forum, 9(3), 254–268CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Rumbold, G. (1986) Ethics in Nursing Practice, Balliere Tindall, LondonGoogle Scholar
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    Thompson, I.E., Melia, K. M. and Boyd, K. M. (1983) Nursing Ethics, Churchill Livingstone, LondonGoogle Scholar
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    Thompson, I.E. (1975) Dilemmas of Dying, University Press, EdinburghGoogle Scholar

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