Ethics in Oncology Nursing

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Cancer care raises complex and often troubling issues for patients, families, and the nurses who care for them. Decisions often involve matters beyond simply the patient’s physical condition. Often, questions arise about what we should do and why—not about what we can do. Ethics helps us to separate what is medically possible from what is truly beneficial for the patient.

Ethics in Oncology Nursing examines the inherent challenges encountered by nurses through the care of patients with cancer. In addition to foundational content on ethics and ethical practice, this book addresses key areas in oncology nursing in which ethical concerns commonly arise, including treatment decision-making, clinical trials, genetics, and palliative and end-of-life care. Case studies are provided to offer context and application to nursing practice.

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Oncology Nursing Society
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Chapter 1 - Principles of Ethics

Amy M. Haddad
The focus of this chapter is to provide an introduction to the contributions of ethical principles to oncology nursing practice as well as their limitations.

Chapter 4 - Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Samuel G. Robbins
This chapter provides an overview of basic concepts and definitions of palliative and end-of-life care, as well as a discussion of some of the common ethical dilemmas encountered by nurses in palliative and hospice care. In addition, major implications...

Chapter 5 - Patient Advocacy

Jessica Keim-Malpass
This chapter discusses the epistemological and ontological underpinnings of patient advocacy, examines advocacy’s action-based application to ethical nursing practice, and introduces theoretical and empirical referents of patient advocacy.

Chapter 6 - Communication and Ethics

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon
Dany M. Hilaire
This chapter reviews the foundations of nursing communication with the application of ethical principles for nurses working in cancer care.

Chapter 7 - Genetics and Genomics

Dale Halsey Lea
This chapter addresses four important ethical issues related to genetics and genomics in health care that are key to oncology nurses’ knowledge base: (a) informed consent, (b) privacy and confidentiality, (c) genetic discrimination, and (d) direct-to-...

Chapter 9 - Ethics Consultation and Education

Karen Iseminger
Courtney Buratto
Susan Storey
This final chapter offers information about the use of ethics consultation and education to address previously identified issues. An algorithm for initiating formal ethics consultation is included, and specific educational strategies for nurses are...