This book follows two lines of inquiry in understanding nursing ethics in the historical-cultural context of modern China. Firstly, it scrutinizes the prescribed set of moral virtues for nurses in fulfilling their role requirements during different periods of nursing development over the past century. Based on empirical studies, the book, secondly, explores the nurses' evaluations of their ethical responsibilities in current practice. It carefully examines the particular viewpoints of nurses in their ethical appraisal of nursing practice and patient care situations. Drawing upon traditional ethical outlooks, international norms, and the experiences of nurses as they face difficult care situations, this book concludes with recommendations for improving the quality of nursing in contemporary China.
Number of pages: 265
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 220 x 150 mm
"very constructive and insightful ... This study has provided a new perspective of the ethical issues for the Chinese nursing profession, the health system, and Chinese society itself." - in: Nursing History Review, Vol. 13 (2005)
"This is a seminal and fascinating text. It is also a first, in providing an in-depth, systematical analysis of the perceptions of nurses in China in relation to the ethical issues they face in daily nursing practice ... a treasure trove of information ...erudite but eminently readable ... Essential reading, not only for those with a special interest in nursing ethics but for all nurses. It will also be of interest to other health care professionals and could provide a sound basis for much-needed multidisciplinary teaching and learning about health care ethics." - in: Nursing Ethics 11(1) (2004)