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Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing, 1st Edition

  • Margaret A. Burkhardt
  • Alvita Nathaniel
  • Nancy Walton
  • ISBN-10: 017610528X
  • ISBN-13: 9780176105280
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2002, 1998
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

Nursing Ethics is a topic that is consistently in the news and is a regular part of any nurse's day-to-day job. This text, which has been thoroughly Canadianized, brings to light the ethical issues and topics that Nurses face today.


  • Canadian content and research integrated throughout.

  • Legal chapter has been updated to reflect Canadian laws.

About the Author

Margaret A. Burkhardt

Margaret A. Burkhardt is Associate Professor Emerita, West Virginia University School of Nursing. She taught nursing and practiced holistic nursing care for more than thirty years, and is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. A prolific writer, Dr. Burkhardt has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as co-authoring two books on spirituality in health and ethics in nursing.

Alvita Nathaniel

Alvita Nathaniel is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Track at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University School of Nursing. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a family nurse practitioner in free clinics and juvenile detention facilities for more than two decades. An active participant in policy-making, Dr. Nathaniel's articles regularly appear in journals and other health care-related publications.

Nancy Walton

Dr. Nancy Walton, PhD, is Chair of Ryerson University’s Research Ethics Board (REB) and an Associate Professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. She currently teaching ethics in the Master of Nursing (MN) program as well as ethics and professional issues in the undergraduate collaborative program at Ryerson. A member of the Research Ethics Board at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Walton also maintains a widely read Canadian research ethics website ( and co-authors popular blogs on research ethics ( and nursing ethics ( She is a consulting ethicist for the REB at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario. Her research interests include priority-setting and decision-making in cardiac care and the provision of services for children with autism spectrum disorder, the role of parent-as-therapist for children with autism spectrum disorder, and the ethical issues in the use of social media in research. She is a devoted long distance runner and lives in Toronto with her partner and co-blogger, Dr. Chris MacDonald, and her daughter, Georgia.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Social, Philosophical, and Other Historical Forces Influencing the Development of Nursing
Chapter 2: Ethical Theory
Chapter 3: Ethical Principles
Chapter 4: Values Clarification
Chapter 5: Values Development
Chapter 6: Ethical Decision Making
Chapter 7: Legal Issues
Chapter 8: Professional Issues
Chapter 9: Professional Relationship Issues
Chapter 10: Practice Issues Related to Technology
Chapter 11: Practice Issues Related to Patient Development
Chapter 12: Scholarship Issues
Chapter 13: Health Care Changes and Challenges
Chapter 14: Health Policy Issues
Chapter 15: Economic Issues
Chapter 16: Social Issues
Chapter 17: Gender Issues
Chapter 18: Transcultural and Spiritual Issues
Chapter 19: Empowerment for Nurses
Chapter 20: Enabling Patient Empowerment


New to this edition

  • Ask Yourself boxed articles present real world ethical dilemmas that encourage contemplation of personal beliefs and biases.
  • Think About It discussion questions challenge you to integrate and apply content.
  • New cases studies on patient privacy, DNR, use of quarantine, and rural nursing.
  • New appendices: The Canadian Nursing Association Code of Ethics, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Bill of Rights, Joint Statement of Advance Directives, Canadian Nursing Association.
  • An InfoTrac College Edition access code comes free with each new book, and provides 4 months of unlimited online access to over 5000 articles from hundreds of scholarly and popular publications.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD for Ethics & Issues In Contemporary Nursing  (ISBN-10: 0176475400 | ISBN-13: 9780176475406)