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Ethical Challenges in Health Care

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Ethical Challenges in Health Care

SKU# 9780826110893

Developing Your Moral Compass


  • Vicki Lachman PhD, MBE, APRN

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Lachman successfully addresses the most important topics in health care ethics in this volume...The 20 chapters are divided logically and proceed onward from those dealing with the evolution of the philosophical basis for personal and organizational ethics...This text would be a highly useful resource for both undergraduate- and graduate-level health care ethics courses... Summing Up: Recommended. --Choice

This book is written for 'all healthcare professionals,' from those providing healthcare services to those administrating healthcare organizations. [It] offers a detailed account of the concept of moral courage within the context of healthcare delivery?.[and] offers clarity and advice on numerous ethical problems. --Doody's

Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone. -Nelson Mandela

As a health professional or health care leader, have you ever:

  • Had to address the problem of uninsured patients in your hospital?
  • Had to deliver bad news to patients and families?
  • Wanted to report an unethical colleague?

If so, you need this book on your bookshelf. Health care managers and professionals face serious ethical dilemmas like these every day. This book provides the knowledge, insight, strategies, and encouragement necessary for developing moral courage in health care practice, even in the face of adversity.

Lachman outlines both personal and organizational strategies to help nurses, physicians, physical therapists, and health care leaders develop moral courage, and face difficult ethical challenges in health care practice and management head-on. Lachman presents numerous, real-life case examples to illustrate skills and opportunities for developing moral courage in the workplace. Also included are tips for executives on how to develop their ethical leadership skills.

Key Features:

  • Presents guidelines for developing moral courage for organization leaders as well as for individual practitioners
  • Discusses topics of critical concern to nurses and physicians, including patient autonomy, informed consent, and the importance of truth-telling
  • Highlights pressing issues for health care leaders, including the uninsured in America, managing disruptive practitioners, and promoting patient safety
  • Includes guidelines for standing up and speaking out against unethical practices
  • Reiterates Key Points to Remember at the end of each chapter

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 15, 2009
  • Page Count 288
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826110893
  • EISBN 9780826110909

Table of Contents 


Section I: Personal Development of Moral Courage

Chapter 1 Virtue of Moral Courage: Socrates to Barack Obama Chapter 2 Values and Professional Obligations: A Guide to When to Speak Up Chapter 3 Danger Management: Cognitive Reframing and Self-soothing Chapter 4 Risk Assessment and Management Chapter 5 How to Speak Up and be Heard: Assertiveness and Negotiation Skills Chapter 6 How to Deliver Bad News

Section II: Personal Opportunities for Moral Courage

Chapter 7 Patient Autonomy: Infringements in Informed Consent Chapter 8 Advance Directives Violation: Who are we doing this for? Chapter 9 Veracity: Issues in Prognosis, Futility and CPR Chapter 10 Patient Safety: Breach in Our Obligations to Protect Chapter 11 When our Colleagues are Incompetent or Unethical in Workplace

Section III: Organizational Development of Moral Courage

Chapter 12 Organizational Culture: Setting the Stage for Moral Courage Chapter 13 Executive Leadership: Necessity of Walking the Walk Chapter 14 Importance of Accountability Can Not Be Underestimated Chapter 15 Moral Courage through Human Resource Management

Section IV: Organizational Opportunities for Moral Courage

Chapter 16 Clinical and Organizational Ethics Committees: Support for Moral Courage Chapter 17 Promoting a Culture of Patient Safety Chapter 18 Managing Disruptive Physicians Chapter 19 Leadership Development for a Moral Environment

Section V: Further Opportunity for Moral Courage in Healthcare Chapter 20 The Uninsured in America: A Moral Crisis in Health Care