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Ethics for Health Professionals

Author(s): Carla Caldwell Stanford, PhD
Valerie J. Connor, MA, CCC-SLP, Professor, St. Joseph's College of Maine
  • ISBN-13: 9781449689605
  • Product With Access Code    218 pages      © 2014
Price: $79.95 US List
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Ethics for Health Professionals provides a foundational understanding of ethics for healthcare students and clinicians. With a conversational tone and features within each chapter that add to its appeal including quotes, interesting facts, case studies, and more, this indispensable text offers an enjoyable, eased reading style while supplying information that can be practically and easily put into practice once the student enters the field. Many ideals can also be carried over to one’s personal life in terms of ethical principles and decision making. Pedagogical features include chapter objectives, boxed articles, quotes, case studies, key terms, chapter summary, assessment review questions. Website links are also included for additional reference. Students will learn basic information while develop a meaningful understanding of ethics, its importance and application in the world of health sciences. 


  • Overview of the history of ethics
  • Blanchard and Peale’s 3-step model
  • Ecological Model
  • Approaches to ethics
  • Applying ethics to the health care professional
  • Patient Care Partnership
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Confidentiality
  • The Medical Record
  • Patients’ rights under HIPAA and privacy standards
  • Ethics and the Workplace
  • Liability and Health Care
  • Matters of Life and Death

Ethics for Health Professionals also covers additional contemporary topics in health care including:

  • Integrity in Research (Including conflict of interest and Institutional Review Boards)
  • Central Electronic Medical Record Registry
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Euthanasia, Abortion, Assisted Suicide
  • How to Choose a Reliable Website for Information Gathering

Instructor Resources: Slide Presentations in PowerPoint format, Answer Key, and Formatted Test Banks available for: Angel, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Moodle
Student Resources: Companion Website, including: Crossword Puzzles, Flash Cards, Interactive Glossary, Matching Questions

Each new text includes an access code card for the Companion Website. Access to the Companion Website may also be purchased separately; click For Students under the RESOURCES tab below.

Chapter  1  An Overview Of Ethics
Chapter  2  Top Priority: The Patient
Chapter  3  Vulnerable Populations
Chapter  4  Confidentiality
Chapter  5  Ethics and the Workplace
Chapter  6  Accountability: The Medical Record
Chapter  7  Liability and Health Care: Legal Aspects of Health Care
Chapter  8  Life and Death Issues
Chapter  9  Controversial Issues in Healthcare

Carla Caldwell Stanford, PhD

Carla Caldwell Stanford holds two masters’ degrees and a PhD. Now retired, she taught a medical law and bioethics course at the undergraduate college level for eight years and developed course curricula on this topic. The motivating factor for writing this textbook, for Stanford, was to simplify ethics and laws concerning the health care professional in ways that would be both appealing and easily understood by the student.

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Valerie J. Connor, MA, CCC-SLP-Professor, St. Joseph's College of Maine

Valerie J. Connor has earned a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and a Master of Science in Health Education. She has practiced in school and long-term health care settings. Currently, she teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level with a focus on the legal and ethical aspects of health care. She hopes that students will have a better understanding of the laws and ethical issues surrounding health care after reading this text.

  • Ethics for Health Professionals is extremely interesting and I the found information presented in a clear, thought provoking manner. This is a major accomplishment as much of the material presented can be boring and laborious to read. I especially appreciated the real-life examples that brought the information to life.

    For me, the case examples integrated into each chapter make the material, that can be very dry, interesting and relevant. Obviously, the authors’ efforts to include a wide range of health professions expands the appropriateness of this text for various health professions. It was wonderful to read chapters that recognize the unique contribution of each profession in the health care system and that did not have an implied hierarchy of the importance of specific professionals.”

    ~ Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OT, BCP, FAOTA
    Professor, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

  • “In reviewing Ethics for Health Professionals, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author addressed many areas which are applicable to ALL health professionals and was not focused on nursing.  I found the text easy to read and kept my attention.  The subject matter is current and using real-life examples to show HOW a health care worker would need to learn this material is excellent.  Students would have no problem using this text in an introduction course to health care.

    Professionalism is difficult to teach because some areas are subjective rather than objective.  The author stressed why and how a professional utilizes this information rather than just explaining it.  I feel that the author researched and easily detailed some health care issues which typically are not included in just one text. 

    This text has many strengths, it is inclusive of many areas of health care, includes real life examples of how professionalism plays a role in patient care, it also includes real life examples of how a healthcare worker could become unprofessional, and covers HIPAA as well as Consent and the Law. The summaries and practice questions are excellent. The use of critical thinking is good and is needed for all healthcare workers.

    I would switch texts immediately because of the inclusive nature of the material.  As I said previously, this is the first time I have seen a professionalism book address a majority of the topics that I cover in my class.  In the past, I have had to research the "missing material" myself and present it without the aid of a text.  This text has all the information in one place.

    I want a copy of this text when it is released!!!  It is excellent and can see many allied health programs adopting it!”

    ~ Cheryl L. DiLanzo, MS, RT(R)
    Clinical Coordinator, Montgomery County Community College

  • "This text is a wonderful resource for vulnerable populations and controversial issues."
    ~ Mickey Nearhood, RDH, Portland Community College

  • "Ethics for Health Professionals is well written at the appropriate level."
     ~ Candace Doyle, Health Sciences Department, Midlands Tech

  • "The book begins with an overview of ethics and then delves into patient ethics, confidentiality, ethics in the workplace, medical records and HIPAA, law, life and death issues, and controversial topics such as stem cell research and organ allocation. The book is both easy to read and thought provoking; it asks students to consider their own ethics and values in many ethical situations.

    This is an excellent book for healthcare students that will prepare them for the real situations they will likely encounter in patient care.

    Although the book is written primarily for healthcare students, new practitioners would find it an interesting read as well."

    ~ Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT, AE-C, William Beaumont Hospitals
    Doody's Review Service (Score: 98 - 5 Stars!)

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781449689605

Angel ready Test Bank
Answers to In-Text Questions
BlackBoard ready Test Bank
Desire to Learn ready Test Bank
Moodle ready Test Bank
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank

Companion Website for Ethics for Health Professionals

ISBN-13: 9781449689230

Online Access Code to Companion Website for Ethics for Health Professionals


Bundle: Ethics for Health Professionals with Navigate 2 Scenario for Health Care Ethics

Bundle ISBN: 9781284169256
This bundle includes a printed copy of the textbook, Ethics for Health Professionals with Navigate 2 Scenario for Health Care Ethics.

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