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Bioethics for Nurses

Recovering the foundation of faith in a profession enduring the pressures of a rapidly changing health-care system.

If you are one of the millions of Christian nurses or nursing students in the United States, you already know that there is no real way to separate your faith commitments from your professional vocation—nor would you want to. Especially amid the bedlam of the COVID-19 pandemic, faith has given countless nurses the strength to carry on and be there for their patients, one exhausting shift after another.

Bioethics for Nurses, the first book of its kind, is for nurses and nurses in training who still believe in treating the whole person—not just their medical condition. It is for those committed to living out the love of Jesus Christ through the warm, relational care they provide for all hurting and vulnerable people—including those in underserved populations—each of whom has the dignity of a human being made in the image of God. It is also for those who rightly see themselves as crucial members of medical teams alongside doctors (and sometimes without doctors present at all), empowered to exercise professional judgment while protecting their consciences.

With the combined wisdom of Alisha Mack, a professor of nursing with many years of clinical experience, and Charles Camosy, an award-winning bioethicist and theologian, Bioethics for Nurses advances a vision for a holistic Christian notion of health care with practical applications for everyday relevance on the job. Through a series of case studies in the second part of the book, Mack and Camosy explore the ethics of specific situations with far-reaching implications for nurses working in a range of fields. In the last part, the authors reflect on the future of nursing after COVID-19, making this an especially timely book for a pivotal moment in the history of the profession. Now, more than ever before, the wisdom of the ancient tradition of Christianity is needed to speak into the profound contemporary realities we are facing together as a culture.

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Christian bioethics for nurses—what a strange idea! If we know anything about the discipline of bioethics, we know that its development has tended to discard the religious insights that often marked its early years, and we know that most of its central concerns have tended to focus on the work of physicians. This book, rich with case studies, provides something different, needed, and useful. It focuses specifically on the work of nurses, and it attends to ways Christian beliefs might shape their work. We can hope that it will be used in many schools of nursing.
- Gilbert Meilaender,
Author of Bioethics: A Primer for Christians
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Alisha Mack

Alisha is assistant professor of nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University and a doctorally prepared family nurse practitioner. Having previously worked as a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, she now works in family practice as a nurse practitioner.

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Charles Camosy

Charles is associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University. His other books and his published articles have appeared, among other places, in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, and America.

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BIOETHICS FOR NURSES