In the changing and often ambiguous world of modern nursing, trainee nurses need a sound ethical foundation to guide them in their practice. This revised and updated edition of An Introduction to the Ethos of Nursing provides such a foundation. The authors give a clear explanation of the southern African nursing ethos, showing an appreciation of its complexity but never losing sight of the central tenet of nursing – that the nurse has a duty to care. The broad focus of the book is on the very nature of nursing, its meaning, the factors that brought nursing into being and the forces that shaped it. The book stimulates enquiry into professional values and related current issues. New and revised features include: • An orientation to the nature of nursing; • An exploration of major issues affecting the nursing profession; • New chapters on “Developments in advanced education for nurses” and “Nursing in the modern society”; • The ethical and legal foundation of nursing; and • Interesting activities that invite reflection on issues with which nurses will have to deal. About the authors Prof Mary Mellish, previously an emeritus professor at the University of Port Elizabeth (now known as the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), has authored several nursing publications. Dr Anne-Mart Oosthuizen is a senior lecturer at the Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa. Ms Frieda Paton, after a long and varied academic and management career in nursing, is an occupational health nurse at a mine in Mpumalanga. This eBook is in ePDF format, which enables you to: • View the entire book offline on desktop or tablet; • Search for and highlight text; and • Add and edit personal notes directly in your eBook.