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Essential Law and Ethics In Nursing

Patients, Rights and Decision-Making, 3rd Edition

By Paul Buka


192 pages

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This thoroughly updated third edition lays a solid foundation for understanding the intersection of law, ethics and the rights of the patient, in the context of everyday nursing and health care practice.

Outlining the key legal and ethical principles relevant to nurses, Essential Law and Ethics in Nursing: Patients, Rights and decision making– previously entitled: Patients’ Rights: Law and Ethics for Nurses – uses an easy-to-read style that conveys key principles in an accessible way. It:

  • provides a clear understanding not only of basic legal provisions in health care, but also of wider issues relating to human rights;
  • covers topics such as ethical decision making, the regulation of nursing, confidentiality, laws concerning human rights, safe practice, vulnerable people, elder abuse, and employment regulations; and
  • includes thinking points, case studies and relevant case law to help link theory to practice.

This is essential reading for nurses, and an important reference for midwives and allied health professionals.

Table of Contents

1.Introducing Ethics in Healthcare 2.Human Rights and the Law 3.Life at the beginning to adulthood 4.Patient Information, Confidentiality and Technology 5.Consent to Treatment and Patient Autonomy 6.First, Do No Harm 7. Vulnerable Adults and Elder Abuse 8.Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity 9.End of Life Care of Decision Making 10. Final Reflection

About the Author

Paul Buka, MSc (Leic.), PGCE, LL.B (Hons) (Law), FETC (City and Guilds, 7307), HNC (Public Admin law), RN, RNT, ENB 998, ENB 923, MIHM, FHEA, Member of the Institute of Medical Ethics is lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Essex, UK, specialising in healthcare law and ethics.

Previously senior lecturer and Programme Lead (ONP) at the University of West London, UK, for twelve years. Paul completed his nurse training in Fife Scotland, specialising in Trauma and Orthopaedics and gained clinical experience in Acute Medicine for older people, Trauma and Orthopaedics and working briefly in Mental Health. As a ward manager, Paul had a keen interest in legal studies reading, law from HNC, degree to postgraduate level, and criminology (vulnerable people, victims of violence), choosing to specialize in healthcare law and ethics. Paul started teaching law in FE at Diploma level and Healthcare Law and ethics in HE from undergraduate to post registration/graduate levels. He has also gained several years of teaching in other aspects of nurse education. Paul has authored and co-authored several publications in this area.



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / Fundamentals & Skills
MEDICAL / Nursing / Nurse & Patient
MEDICAL / Nursing / Research & Theory