In the healthcare system, nurses encounter a spectrum of ethical dilemas on a daily basis. The US cost-conscious systems, orientated towards acute care, continues to produce numerous dilemmas for conscientious practitioners. This text is an in-depth look at the issues and processes that underly ethical decision-making. As part of the Nursing Concepts Series , this guide explores the beginning of life, looks at the concerns related to health maintenance throughout the lifespan, and depicts issues related to the end of life care. The book includes case studies and perforated study cards with key points learned throughout the text, as well as questions and explanations to reinforce information.