This important new book provides a philosophical and historical analysis of the subject, looking at a review of sociological and political theories concerning the nature of childhood, and providing a critical analysis of contemporary notions about childhood. It then goes on to look at moral theories and their application to paediatric nursing practice, ethical issues when caring for children of all ages, from infancy to adolescence. It looks at issues of disabled children, confidentiality, mental health issues, children’s rights, and pain management. With case studies and activities throughout, this book will enable students and newly qualified nurses both to understand philosophical concepts and issues but also to articulate their own reflections and observations on these subjects.
- Written by children’s nurses for children’s nurses.
- With contributions from internationally recognised experts in the field
- Reflective scenarios, further reading, extensive referencing, case studies, guided questions, and resources throughout.
- Includes the following four appendices: The RCPCH Guidelines on withdrawal of treatment; The ICN Ethical Code; The summary of the UNCRC; and the RCPCH Guidelines for the conduct of ethical research.