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NU7005 Ethics and Law in Health and Social Care (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental structure and operation of the legal system in Ireland and discuss the impact of these upon the provision of healthcare,
  • Critically debate how case law and legislation guides and impacts on practice within the healthcare system,
  • Critically debate the application of a range of ethical theories to a variety of moral dilemmas in practice,
  • Appraise the function and application of ethical decision-making frameworks in practice,
  • Critically debate the role of the healthcare professional in relation to decision making processes from a legal and ethical perspective,
  • Critically analyse and debate the legal and ethical obligations of healthcare professionals in practice,
  • Debate a variety of ethical and legal issues relating to their role and practice taking cognisance of counter-arguments.

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

Recognising the increasing complexity of healthcare and the diverse nature of service users, settings and professional roles, it is essential that healthcare practice is underpinned by legal and ethical knowledge. This module is based on the premise that decision-making in healthcare is not only about physical, sociological or psychological well-being, but that decisions based on ethical and legal standpoints are also fundamental to the delivery of high standards of professional care. Therefore, the aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to explore the legal and ethical structures, concepts and frameworks that impact on their professional practice. The module also aims to enable students to develop the knowledge, critical analysis and decision-making skills necessary to provide care that is legally and ethically sound. Moreover, it aims to do so in conjunction with an exploration of bioethical dimensions of the provision of healthcare and of the relationship between law and ethics in this context.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

Law

  • Byrne, R., McCutcheon, J.P., Bruton, C. and Coffey, G. (2014 ) Byrne and McCutcheon on The Irish Legal System. 6th ed. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Kilkelly U. (2008) Children’s Rights in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice, Tottle Publishing Limited, Dublin.
  • Madden, D. (2011) Medicine, Ethics and the Law. 2nd ed. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • McPartland E. (2010) The Best Interests of the Child: Interpreting Irish Child Legislation. Gill and MacMillan, Dublin.
  • Mills, S. (2008) Clinical Practice and the Law. 2nd ed. Tottel Publishing Limited, Dublin. (Note: 3rd edition due 2012)
  • Van Dookum N. (2011) Nursing Law for Irish Students. 2nd edn. Gill & MacMillan, Dublin.

Ethics

  • Beauchamp T. & Childress J. (2009) Principles of Biomedical Ethics 6th edn. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Brykczynska G. & Simons J. (2011) Ethical and Philosophical Aspects of Nursing Children and Young People. Wiley Blackwell, Chichester.
  • Dooley D. & McCarthy J. (2012) Nursing Ethics Irish Cases and Concerns. 2nd edn. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Hawley G. (2007) Ethics in Clinical Practice. An Interprofessional Approach. Pearson Education, Harlow.
  • Hendrick J. (2010) Law and Ethics in Children’s Nursing. Wiley Blackwell, Chichester.
  • Johnstone M.J. (2008) Bioethics – a Nursing Perspective 5th edn. Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.[A1]

Reading List - Dementia

Law

  • Byrne R., McCutcheon J.P., Bruton C. and Coffey G. (2014 ) Byrne and McCutcheon on The Irish Legal System, 6th edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin
  • Hamilton C. (2012) Irish Social Work and Social Care Law. Gill and MacMillan, Dublin.
  • Madden D. (2011) Medicine, Ethics and the Law, 2nd edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Mills S. (2008) Clinical Practice and the Law, 2nd edn. Butterworth (Ireland) Limited, Dublin.
  • O’Dell E. (2006) Older People in Modern Ireland: Essays on Law and Policy. First Law Limited, Dublin.
  • Van Dookum N. (2011) Nursing Law for Irish Students, 2nd edn. Gill & MacMillan, Dublin.

Ethics

  • Beauchamp T. & Childress, J. (2013) Principles of Biomedical Ethics 7th edn. Oxford University, Press, New York.
  • Charleton M. (2007) Ethics for Social Care in Ireland. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Dooley D. & McCarthy J. (2012) Nursing Ethics Irish Cases and Concerns. 2nd edn. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Foster, C., Herring J. and Doron I. (2014) The Law and Ethics of Dementia. Hart Publishing.
  • Hughes J. & Baldwin C. (2006) Ethical Issues in Dementia Care. Making Difficult Decisions. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
  • McCarthy J., Donnelly M., Dooley D., Campbell L. and Smith D. (2011) End of Life Care: Ethics and Law. Cork University Press, Cork.
  • Purtillo R. & ten Have, H. (2010) Ethical Foundations of Palliative Care for Alzheimer Disease. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore Md.

Reading List - Palliative Care

Law

  • Byrne R., McCutcheon J.P., Bruton, C. and Coffey, G. (2014 ) Byrne and McCutcheon on The Irish Legal System, 6th edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Hamilton C. (2012) Irish Social Work and Social Care Law. Gill and MacMillan, Dublin.
  • Madden D. (2011) Medicine, Ethics and the Law, 2nd edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Mills S. (2008) Clinical Practice and the Law, 2nd edn. Tottel Publishing Limited, Dublin.
  • Van Dookum N. (2011) Nursing Law for Irish Students, 2nd edn. Gill & MacMillan, Dublin.

Ethics

  • Beauchamp T. & Childress J. (2013) Principles of Biomedical Ethics 7th edn. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • McCarthy J., Donnelly M., Dooley D., Campbell L. and Smith D. (2011) End of Life Care: Ethics and Law. Cork University Press, Cork. ten Have H. & Clark D. (2002) The Ethics of Palliative Care. European Perspectives. Open University Press, Buckingham.
  • Woods S. (2007) Death’s Dominion: Ethics at the End of Life. Open University Press, Maidenhead.
  • Worthington R. (2005) Ethics and Palliative Care. A Case Based Manual. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd., Abindgon.

Reading List - Nursing

Law

  • Byrne R., McCutcheon J.P., Bruton C. and Coffey G. (2014 ) Byrne and McCutcheon on The Irish Legal System, 6th edn. Bloomsbury Professional: Dublin.
  • Casey P., Brady P., Craven C. and Dillon A. (2010) Psychiatry and the Law, 2nd edn. Blackhall Publishing, Dublin.
  • Higgins A. and McDaid S. (eds) (2014) Mental Health in Ireland Policy Practice & Law, Gill and MacMillan, Dublin.
  • Kilkelly U. (2008) Children’s Rights in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice, Tottel Publishing Limited, Dublin.
  • Madden D. (2011) Medicine, Ethics and the Law, 2nd edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Mills S. (2008) Clinical Practice and the Law,2nd edn. Tottel Publishing Limited, Dublin.
  • Van Dookum N. (2011) Nursing Law for Irish Students, 2nd edn. Gill & MacMillan, Dublin.

Ethics

  • Beauchamp T. & Childress J. (2013) Principles of Biomedical Ethics 7th Ed. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Dooley D. & McCarthy J. (2012) Nursing Ethics Irish Cases and Concerns. 2nd edn. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Fry S. and Johnstone M.J. (2008) International Council of Nurses. Ethics in Nursing Practice. A Guide to Ethical Decision Making 3rd edn. Blackwell Publishing, Chichester.
  • Hawley G. (2007) Ethics in Clinical Practice. An Interprofessional Approach. Pearson Education, Harlow.
  • Johnstone M.J. (2009) Bioethics – a Nursing Perspective 5th edn. Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.
  • Cranmer P. and Nhemchena J. (2013) Ethics for Nurses: Theory and Practice. Maidenhead, Berkshire : McGraw-Hill Education. (Available online via the library)

Reading List - Midwifery

Law

  • Byrne R., McCutcheon J.P., Bruton C. and Coffey G. (2014 ) Byrne and McCutcheon on The Irish Legal System, 6th edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Griffith R., Tengnah C. & Patel C. (2010) Law and Professional Issues in Midwifery, Sage Publications Ltd., London.
  • Kilkelly U. (2008) Children’s Rights in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice. Tottel Publishing Ltd, Dublin.
  • Madden D. (2011) Medicine, Ethics and the Law, 2nd edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Mills S. (2008) Clinical Practice and the Law, 2nd edn. Tottel Publishing Limited, Dublin.
  • Van Dookum N. (2011) Nursing Law for Irish Students, 2nd edn. Gill and MacMillan, Dublin.

Ethics

  • Beauchamp T. & Childress J. (2013) Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 7 th edn. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Dooley D. & McCarthy J. (2012) Nursing Ethics Irish Cases and Concerns. 2nd edn. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Foster I. and Lasser J. (2011) Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury.
  • Frith L. & Draper H. (2004) Ethics and Midwifery: issues in contemporary practice. 2nd ed. Books for Midwives, Edinburgh.
  • Hawley G. (2007) Ethics in Clinical Practice. An Interprofessional Approach. Pearson Education, Harlow.
  • Jones S.R. (2000) Ethics in Midwifery. 2nd edn. Mosby, London.
  • Thompson F.E. (2004) Mothers and Midwives: The Ethical Journey. Books For Midwives, Edinburgh.

Reading List - Mental Health

Law

  • Byrne R., McCutcheon J.P., Bruton C. and Coffey G. (2014 ) Byrne and McCutcheon on The Irish Legal System, 6th edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Casey P., Brady P., Craven C. & Dillon A. (2010) Psychiatry and the Law, 2nd edn. Blackhall Publishing, Dublin.
  • Higgins A. and McDaid S. (eds) (2014) Mental Health in Ireland Policy Practice & Law, Gill and MacMillan, Dublin.
  • Madden D. (2011) Medicine, Ethics and the Law. 2nd edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin
  • Mills S. (2008) Clinical Practice and the Law, 2nd edn. Tottel Publishing Limited, Dublin.
  • Ryan D. (2010) The Mental Health Acts 2001-2009. Blackhall Publishing, Dublin.
  • Van Dookum N. (2011) Nursing Law for Irish Students, 2nd edn. Gill & MacMillan, Dublin.
  • Whelan D. (2009) Mental Health Law and Practice: Civil and Criminal Aspects. Thomson Round Hall, Dublin.

Ethics

  • Barker P. (2011) Mental Health Ethics. The Human Context. Routledge, London.
  • Beauchamp T. & Childress J. (2013) Principles of Biomedical Ethics 7th edn. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Charleton M. (2007) Ethics for Social Care in Ireland. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Dooley D. & McCarthy, J. (2012) Nursing Ethics Irish Cases and Concerns. 2nd edn. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Ford G. (2006) Ethical Reasoning for Mental Health Professionals. Sage. London.
  • Hawley G. (2007) Ethics in Clinical Practice. An Interprofessional Approach. Pearson Education, Harlow.
  • Cranmer P. and Nhemchena J. (2013) Ethics for Nurses: Theory and Practice. Maidenhead, Berkshire : McGraw-Hill Education. (Available online via the library)

Reading List – Gerontological Nursing

Law

  • Byrne R., McCutcheon J.P., Bruton C. and Coffey G. (2014 ) Byrne and McCutcheon on The Irish Legal System, 6th edn. Bloomsbury Professional: Dublin.
  • Hamilton C. (2012) Irish Social Work and Social Care Law. Gill and MacMillan, Dublin.
  • Madden D. (2011) Medicine, Ethics and the Law, 2nd edn. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Mills S. (2008) Clinical Practice and the Law,2nd edn. Tottel Publishing Limited, Dublin.
  • O’Dell E. (2006) Older People in Modern Ireland: Essays on Law and Policy. First Law Limited, Dublin.
  • Van Dookum N. (2011) Nursing Law for Irish Students. 2nd edn. Gill & MacMillan, Dublin.

Ethics

  • Beauchamp T. & Childress J. (2013) Principles of Biomedical Ethics 7th edn. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • British Medical Association. (2009) The Ethics of Caring for Older People. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Dooley D. & McCarthy, J. (2012) Nursing Ethics Irish Cases and Concerns. 2nd edn. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Fry S. and Johnstone M.J. (2008) International Council of Nurses. Ethics in Nursing Practice. A Guide to Ethical Decision Making 3rd edn. Blackwell Publishing, Chichester.
  • Hawley, G. (2007) Ethics in Clinical Practice. An Interprofessional Approach. Pearson Education, Harlow.
  • Cranmer P. and Nhemchena J. (2013) Ethics for Nurses: Theory and Practice. Maidenhead, Berkshire : McGraw-Hill Education. (Available online via the library)

Reading List – Child Health and Wellbeing Law

  • Byrne, R., McCutcheon, J.P., Bruton, C. andCoffey, G. (2014 ) Byrne and McCutcheon on The Irish Legal System. 6th ed. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Department of Health and Children. (2011) Children First – National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children. The Stationary Office, Dublin.
  • Kilkelly U. (2008) Children’s Rights in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice, Tottle Publishing Limited, Dublin.
  • Madden, D. (2011) Medicine, Ethics and the Law. 2nd ed. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Mills, S. (2008) Clinical Practice and the Law. 2nd ed. Tottel Publishing Limited, Dublin. (Note: 3rd edition due 2012)
  • Van Dookum N. (2011) Nursing Law for Irish Students. 2nd edn. Gill & MacMillan, Dublin.

Ethics

  • Beauchamp T. & Childress J. (2013) Principles of Biomedical Ethics 7th edn. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Brykczynska G. & Simons J. (2011) Ethical and Philosophical Aspects of Nursing Children and Young People. Wiley Blackwell, Chichester.
  • Dooley D. & McCarthy J. (2012) Nursing Ethics Irish Cases and Concerns. 2nd edn. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Fry S. and Johnstone M.J. (2008) International Council of Nurses. Ethics in Nursing Practice. A Guide to Ethical Decision Making 3rd edn. Blackwell Publishing, Chichester.
  • Hendrick J. (2010) Law and Ethics in Children’s Nursing. Wiley Blackwell, Chichester.
  • Cranmer P. and Nhemchena J. (2013) Ethics for Nurses: Theory and Practice. Maidenhead, Berkshire : McGraw-Hill Education. (Available online via the library)

* More detailed lists will be provided by module lecturers