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By Vicki D. Lachman, Editor 328 pp., New York: Springer, $45.00, 2005, paperback.


Brief: Using a question-and-answer format along with numerous case studies, Applied Ethics provides an easily understandable guide to the kind of ethical dilemmas nurses face in clinical practice. The text offers nursing best practices and strategies for approaching ethical problems, including patient advocacy. Organizational, institutional, and leadership issues that can confound or promote ethically sound decision making also are addressed. Each chapter ends with a resource list of websites and further recommended reading. The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses is used as a guide throughout the book, along with standards and guidelines from other major healthcare and governmental organizations.


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