Concepts and Cases in Nursing Ethics – Fourth Edition
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554813971 / 1554813972
  • 450 pages; 6½" x 9"

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Concepts and Cases in Nursing Ethics – Fourth Edition

  • Publication Date: August 15, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554813971 / 1554813972
  • 450 pages; 6½" x 9"

This book includes an addendum addressing issues related to COVID-19. The complete text will be available in August. PDF review copies that don’t yet include the COVID-19 addendum are available immediately; if you are an instructor and wish to consider this book as a course text, please contact to request a review copy.

A percentage of the revenue from this book’s sales will be donated to Doctors without Borders to assist the humanitarian work of nurses, doctors, and other healthcare providers in the fight against COVID-19 and beyond.

Concepts and Cases in Nursing Ethics is an introduction to contemporary ethical issues in health care, designed especially for Canadian audiences. The book is organized around six key concepts: beneficence, autonomy, truth-telling, confidentiality, justice, and integrity. Each of these concepts is explained and discussed with reference to professional and legal norms. The discussion is then supplemented by case studies that exemplify the relevant concepts and show how each applies in health care and nursing practice. This new fourth edition includes an added chapter on end-of-life issues, and it is revised throughout to reflect the latest developments on topics such as global health ethics, cultural safety, social media, and palliative sedation, as well as ethical issues relating to COVID-19.

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“One thing that sets Concepts and Cases in Nursing Ethics apart from many other nursing ethics texts is its effective weaving of theory into thoughtful discussions of case studies that have direct relevance to nursing. Student nurses and registered nurses should find much of value in the book’s ‘application to practice’ approach, which offers insights not only into the nature of ethics but also into the ways in which ethical analysis can help develop ethical nursing practice.” — Derek Sellman, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

“Ethical training is increasingly necessary in order to help nurses distill the concepts of right and wrong conduct. This text, in its fourth edition, provides nurses at various stages of their careers with basic ethical decision-making theory supplemented with timely and relevant case studies designed to show why value-based care is — and will always be — an integral component of effective healthcare.” — Blair Henry, Senior Ethicist, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto


Chapter 1: A Primer in Ethical Theory

Chapter 2: Beneficence

Chapter 3: Autonomy

Chapter 4: Truth-telling and Truthfulness

Chapter 5: Privacy and Confidentiality

Chapter 6: Justice

Chapter 7: Integrity

Chapter 8: End-of-Life Decision-Making

Addendum: Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Michael Yeo is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Laurentian University.

Anne Moorhouse teaches bioethics at Ryerson University and practices nursing at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto.

Pamela Khan is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and a member of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.

Patricia Rodney is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and a Faculty Associate with the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia.

  • • A thorough introduction to nursing ethics in Canada, organized around six foundational bioethical principles.
  • • Includes up-to-date coverage of new and emerging topics such as global health ethics, cultural competence, the use of social media, palliative sedation, and Medical Assistance in Dying.
  • • Examines issues of special relevance to marginalized groups such as Indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ+ community, and new immigrants.
  • • Case studies are included throughout, some of them analyzed by the authors and others left unanalyzed for the reader’s consideration.
  • • In this edition, an entirely new chapter on end-of-life issues has been added, and material throughout the book has been significantly revised and updated.
  • • Includes an addendum on ethical issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.