Reviewing and integrating lived experiences in nursing with theory and research, The Moral Work of Nursing: Asking and Living with the Questions is a blend of life story and overview of factors affecting ethical nursing practice during the past fifty years. Drawing from experiences during her 35 year nursing career, studies in health care ethics in the 1980’s and recent nursing research, the author appeals for greater public awareness of nursing’s vital role in health care, draws attention to the prevalence of moral distress, burn-out and fatigue among nurses, and calls for initiatives to promote their health and wholeness.
This book is written for anyone willing to ponder moral questions about the work of nurses in ever-changing health care environments.
Excerpt from FOREWORD
… Ms. Magnussen writes this book from her standpoint as a retired expert in ethical practice in nursing and health care. She uses her personal narrative to encourage reflection on the part of her readers… Indeed, she models such reflection in the eleven chapters of her book—chapters which describe her initiation into nursing and her career foci and interests (Chapters One through Six), and move to her insightful observations about contemporary ethical challenges in nurses’ workplaces (Chapter Seven through Ten). In fulfilling her reflective commitment, Ms. Magnussen closes her book in Chapter Eleven by discussing the meaning of spirituality and how spirituality and the events in her life and career have been intertwined.
… I believe that Ms. Magnussen’s book will be of interest to student nurses, nurses who wish to reflect on their own practice, nurse leaders at every level, and anyone studying ethics in nursing practice. Historians of nursing and health care will also appreciate Ms. Magnussen’s unique experiences and vantage points.
Patricia (Paddy) Rodney, RN, MSN, PhD
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing
THE MORAL WORK OF NURSING: Asking and Living with the Questions is also available from Promontory Press