Books by Our Faculty

Books by Our Faculty

Case Studies in Biomedical Ethics: Decision-Making, Principles, & Cases, Second Edition
by Robert M. Veatch, Amy M. Haddad, and Dan C. English

Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century

by Eileen Morrison and Beth Furlong


No Place for Dying: Hospitals and the Ideology of Rescue
by Dr. Helen Stanton Chapple


Case Studies in Biomedical Ethics
by Drs. Amy Haddad, Robert Veatch, and Dan English

Case Studies in Biomedical Ethics Featuring a wide range of more than 100 case studies drawn from current events, court cases, and physicians' experiences, this timely volume explores fundamental ethical questions arising from real situations faced by health professionals, patients, and others.

Nursing and Health Care Ethics: A Legacy and A Vision
edited by Drs. Winifred J. Ellenchild Pinch and Amy Haddad
Nursing and Healthcare Ethics: A Legacy and A Vision documents the work of nurse scholars in ethics, and goes well beyond a mere documentation of what has transpired and a list of what can be done in the future. It creatively looks back to assess previous accomplishments and forward to find new directions and strengthen future scholarly contributions in nursing ethics. Critical thinking activities, organized by the book's themes (such as vulnerability, care and caring, diversity and disparity, and pain and suffering) are examples of applying these scholarly insights into practice. This book is intended not only for undergraduate and graduate students in academic settings, but also for those in professional development programs.

Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities
edited by Drs. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, Cynthia Cook and Richard O'Brien
Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities was published by Jones & Bartlett Publishers in August 2008. Dr. John Stone was author of one chapter, as were several other Creighton faculty members.
This book has important information and current statistics on health disparities within the United States. It identifies our most vulnerable populations and offers guidelines on how to avoid cultural incompetence and promote cultural proficiency. Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities will help us to address Healthy People 2010, which challenges individuals, communities, and professionals to take specific steps to ensure that good health, as well as long life, is enjoyed by all. This demands the ability to relate effectively to persons of many different cultures to assure collaborative participation in research (that must include minorities), clinical patient care and disease prevention.

Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics, 2nd Edition
by Robert M. Veatch and Amy Haddad
Pharmacists face ethical choices constantly -- sometimes dramatic life-and-death decisions, but more often subtle, less conspicuous choices that are nonetheless important. Among the topics confronted are assisted suicide, conscientious refusal, pain management, equitable distribution of drug resources within institutions and managed care plans, confidentiality, and alternative and non-traditional therapies. Veatch and Haddad's book, first published in 1999, was the first collection of case studies based on the real experiences of practicing pharmacists, for use as a teaching tool for pharmacy students. The second edition accounts for the many changes in pharmacy since 1999, including assisted suicide in Oregon, the purchasing of less expensive drugs from Canada, and the influence of managed care on prescriptions

Health Professional and Patient Interaction
Health Professional and Patient Interaction, 7th
by Amy Haddad and Ruth B. Purtilo
The revised and updated seventh edition of Health Professional and Patient Interaction emphasizes respectful interactions in a wide range of health care settings. Strategies for effectively communicating with patients of all ages, as well as abusive, depressed and impaired patients, are illustrated through examples and various scenarios.

Justice in Oral Health Care
Justice in Oral Health Care: Ethical and Educational Perspectives

by Jos VM Welie

Dr. Welie's latest book addresses the issue of justice in oral health care. Oral health is an intrinsic part of overall health. The mouth is part of the digestive and respiratory systems; it is essential to spoken communication and facial expression; in fact, toothaches are among the most severe and hence debilitating kinds of pain that a person can suffer. The economic cost of dental disease is staggering, equaling an annual loss of some 20 million days of work in the US alone. But far more disastrous is the personal cost for those suffering from these conditions. More than 100 million US citizens lack dental insurance. There is widespread consensus that the resulting disparities are most unfortunate. But are they also unfair?

The dental profession and society at large appear much less eager to confirm the unfairness of this situation. After all, with unfairness comes the ethical obligation to attempt rectification of the situation. It is one thing to praise charitable voluntarism; it is quite another to insist on distributive justice. This book makes the case for justice in oral health. Renowned dental ethicists from the US and abroad discuss various theoretical perspectives; national and international policy experts propose practical changes; and experienced dental educators outline innovative teaching modes. In addition to Dr. Welie, former CHPE Senior Visiting Fellow Dr. James Rule also contributes to the volume.

An Educational Guide on End-of-Life Care Law & Public Policy in Nebraska
by Jos VM Welie
published by Nebraska Coalition for Compassionate Care

NOTE: 2006 Edition if available online here
Postponing death is one of the primary goals of medicine and health care. In the past century, we have made tremendous advances in the fields of biomedical science and technology. One of the major objectives of end-of-life care law and public policy is to safeguard the rights and interests of individual patients; however, sometimes these laws become barriers to compassionate end-of-life care. This Education Guide is intended to show that Nebraska's laws and public policies, if properly understood and applied, foster effective yet compassionate and respectful health care.

Handbook of Nursing Leadership: Creative Skills for a Culture of Safety
by Elizabeth Furlong and Jeri Milstead
As the health care delivery environment changes and reorganizes, this timely text provides a framework for new nurses launching positions of demonstrated leadership. Focusing on situations that require critical, creative thinking about leadership, Handbook of Nursing Leadership provides extensive real-life case studies and interactive exercises for discussion and for fine-tuning the nurse's communication, delegation, documentation, and leadership skills.

Death and Medical Power: An Ethical Analysis On Dutch Euthanasia Practice
by Henk ten Have and Jos VM Welie
Since the 1970s, euthanasia has been a topic of continual debate worldwide. This book presents a detailed description of the debate as well as a critical analysis of the most salient aspects of euthanasia practice in the Netherlands. The authors argue that euthanasia should be understood within a historical context as a protest against medical power. The book explores many of the arguments about the Dutch "experiment" that are relevant to other countries currently considering legislation in this area.

Educating for Moral Action: A Sourcebook in Health and Rehabilitation Ethics
by Ruth B. Purtilo, Gail M. Jensen and Charlotte Brasic Royeen
This new resource is written for physical therapy and occupational therapy administrators, curriculum coordinators and educators. Stemming from the summer 2003 "Dreamcatchers" Conference, Creighton University's "Leadership in Ethics Education", the authors have assembled a veritable "who's who" of PT and OT academics to share their insights regarding contemporary issues in health and rehabilitation ethics. Going beyond the "nuts and bolts" of teaching ethics, the text aims to present pedagogical strategies that will ultimately change the face of how educators think and, consequently, how they teach ethics to the next generation of health professionals.

Ethical Foundations of Palliative Care
Ethical Foundations of Palliative Care for Alzheimer Disease

edited by Ruth B. Purtilo and Henk ten Have
In Ethical Foundations of Palliative Care for Alzheimer Disease, leading ethicists and clinicians from the United States and Europe explore ethical and scientific concerns about the diagnosis and prognosis of Alzheimer disease, challenges arising from applying palliative procedures to its symptoms, key philosophical and theological concepts central to our understanding of the disease and to end-of-life decisions, and the changing patterns of relevant medical, social, and economic policies. Cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, and state-of-the-art, this volume is a unique and important resource for bioethicists, clinicians, and policy makers everywhere.

Jesuit Health Sciences & The Promotion of Justice: An Invitation to a Discussion
edited by Judith Lee Kissell and Jos VM Welie
Some four hundred years ago, the first Jesuit medical school became operative in France. At present, there are more than 100 health science degree programs offered by Jesuit universities worldwide. Ever since the founding of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits have been concerned with the poor and marginalized. Indeed, this faithful concern for justice is to be a hallmark of all the Society's missions, including higher education. But what exactly does it mean for a Jesuit medical or dental school, a Jesuit physical therapy degree program or a school of pharmacy to promote justice? This volume, the first ever written on Jesuit health sciences education, takes on this question and invites all faculty, staff and administrators, as well as students and alumni from Jesuit health sciences schools to join in this challenging debate.

When the Bough Breaks
When the Bough Breaks: Parental Perceptions of Ethical Decision
-Making in NICU
edited by Winifred J. Ellenchild Pinch
Ethical dilemmas abound in the neonatal intensive care unit as hour-to-hour life and death decisions are made for premature or compromised newborns. This book is a rich tapestry of parental perceptions woven from the many stories parents tell about their experiences with a baby in the unit, as well as major events after discharge related to the ethical decision making. When the Bough Breaks can serve as a supplementary text for a number of courses, including counseling, psychology, sociology, philosophy, theology, nursing, and allied health.

Ownership of the Human Body
Ownership of the Human Body: Philosophical Considerations on the Use of the Human Body and its Parts in Healthcare

edited by Henk ten Have and Jos VM Welie
This is the first book in healthcare ethics addressing the moral issues regarding ownership of the human body. Modern medicine increasingly transforms the body and makes use of body parts for diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive purposes. The book analyzes the concept of body ownership. It also reviews the ownership issues arising in clinical care (for example, donation policies, autopsy) and biomedical research. Societies and legal systems also have to deal with issues of body ownership. A comparison is made between specific legal arrangements in The Netherlands and France, as examples of legal approaches. In the final section of the book, different theoretical perspectives on the human body are analyzed: libertarian, personalist, deontological and utilitarian theories of body ownership.

In the Face of Suffering: The Philosophical-Anthropological Foundations of Clinical Ethics
by Jos VM Welie
In contemporary health care ethics, respect for patient autonomy is often considered the primary ethical principle, trumping all others. Many health care ethicists and clinicians alike presume that it is impossible to make judgments about patients' best interests. Patients and their health care providers meet as moral strangers. Hence, the conventional wisdom is that clinical interactions should be based on a contractual relationship between two respectful but estranged people.
Dr. Jos Welie challenges this moral stranger metaphor and attempts to restore the phenomenon of intersubjective, benevolent care. He presents a philosophical-anthropological foundation for clinical ethics in which such notions as suffering, sympathy and solidarity are central.