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Joan McCarthy
University College, Cork
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    Moral Distress Reconsidered.Joan McCarthy & Rick Deady - 2008 - Nursing Ethics 15 (2):254-262.
    Moral distress has received much attention in the international nursing literature in recent years. In this article, we describe the evolution of the concept of moral distress among nursing theorists from its initial delineation by the philosopher Jameton to its subsequent deployment as an umbrella concept describing the impact of moral constraints on health professionals and the patients for whom they care. The article raises worries about the way in which the concept of moral distress has been portrayed in some (...)
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    Covid‐19: Ethical Challenges for Nurses.Georgina Morley, Christine Grady, Joan McCarthy & Connie M. Ulrich - 2020 - Hastings Center Report 50 (3):35-39.
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    The Standard Account of Moral Distress and Why We Should Keep It.Joan McCarthy & Settimio Monteverde - 2018 - HEC Forum 30 (4):319-328.
    In the last three decades, considerable theoretical and empirical research has been undertaken on the topic of moral distress among health professionals. Understood as a psychological and emotional response to the experience of moral wrongdoing, there is evidence to suggest that—if unaddressed—it contributes to staff demoralization, desensitization and burnout and, ultimately, to lower standards of patient safety and quality of care. However, more recently, the concept of moral distress has been subjected to important criticisms. Specifically, some authors argue that the (...)
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    Challenges in Implementing an Advance Care Planning Programme in Long-Term Care.Ciara McGlade, Edel Daly, Joan McCarthy, Nicola Cornally, Elizabeth Weathers, Rónán O’Caoimh & D. William Molloy - 2017 - Nursing Ethics 24 (1):87-99.
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    Dennett and Ricoeur on the Narrative Self.Joan Mccarthy - 2007 - Humanity Books.
    Why the narrative self? -- Contemporary interest in narrative theory -- Is the self real or illusory? -- Dennett's brand of naturalism -- The heterophenomenological method (HM) -- Consciousness and the self -- The naturalist narrative self -- Puzzle cases -- The HM and the narrative self -- The limitations of Dennett's account -- The limits of language -- Epistemological fragility -- Ontological fragility -- Naturalism and phenomenology -- Confronting naturalism -- Phenomenology and hermeneutics -- The detour of interpretation -- (...)
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    A Pluralist View of Nursing Ethics.Joan McCarthy - 2006 - Nursing Philosophy 7 (3):157-164.
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    Moral Instability: The Upsides for Nursing Practice.Joan McCarthy - 2010 - Nursing Philosophy 11 (2):127-135.
    This article briefly outlines some of the key problems with the way in which the moral realm has traditionally been understood and analysed. I propose two alternative views of what is morally interesting and applicable to nursing practice and I indicate that instability has its upsides. I begin with a moral tale – a 'Good Samaritan' story – which raises fairly usual questions about the nature of morality but also the more philosophically fundamental question about the relationship between subjectivity and (...)
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    Addressing Ethical Concerns Arising in Nursing and Midwifery Students’ Reflective Assignments.Bridie McCarthy, Joan McCarthy, Anna Trace & Pamela Grace - forthcoming - Nursing Ethics:096973301667476.
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    Gender and Power: The Irish Hysterectomy Scandal.Joan McCarthy, Sharon Murphy & Mark Loughrey - 2008 - Nursing Ethics 15 (5):643-655.
    In April 2004 the Irish Government commissioned Judge Maureen Harding Clark to compile a report to ascertain the rate of caesarean hysterectomies at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland. The report came about as a result of complaints by midwives into questionable practices that were mainly (but not solely) attributed to one particular obstetrician. In this article we examine the findings of this Report through a feminist lens in order to explore what a feminist reading of (...)
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    End-of-Life Care: Ethics and Law.Joan McCarthy (ed.) - 2011 - Cork University Press.
    This title offers an ethical framework for end-of-life decision making in healthcare settings. Its objective is to foster and support ethically and legally sound clinical practice in end-of-life treatment and care in Ireland.
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    A Decision-Making Tool for Building Clinical Ethics Capacity Among Irish Health Professionals.Louise Campbell & Joan McCarthy - 2017 - Clinical Ethics 12 (4):189-196.
    Although clinical ethics support services are becoming increasingly prevalent in Europe and North America, they remain an uncommon feature of the Irish healthcare system and Irish health professionals lack formal support when faced with ethically challenging cases. We have developed a variant on existing clinical ethics decision-making tools which is designed to build capacity and confidence amongst Irish practitioners and enable them to confront challenging situations in the absence of any dedicated support structure. The tool provided below follows a transparent (...)
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    Book Review: Making Difficult Decisions with Patients and Families: A Singapore Casebook. [REVIEW]Joan McCarthy - 2015 - Nursing Ethics 22 (4):504-506.
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    Ethical Arguments for Access to Abortion Services in the Republic of Ireland: Recent Developments in the Public Discourse.Joan McCarthy, Katherine O’Donnell, Louise Campbell & Dolores Dooley - 2018 - Journal of Medical Ethics 44 (8):513-517.
    The Republic of Ireland has some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in the world which grants to the ‘unborn’ an equal right to life to that of the pregnant woman. This article outlines recent developments in the public discourse on abortion in Ireland and explains the particular cultural and religious context that informs the ethical case for access to abortion services. Our perspective rests on respect for two very familiar moral principles – autonomy and justice – which are at (...)
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    The Impact of an End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics Educational Intervention.Claire Molloy, Joan McCarthy & Mark Tyrrell - 2016 - Clinical Ethics 11 (1):28-37.
    Background The impact of healthcare ethics educational interventions on participants’ ethical development is rarely reported on and assessed; even less attention is paid to educational interventions that focus on end-of-life ethical issues. Aim To evaluate the impact of the Ethical Framework for End-of-Life Care Study Sessions Programme on the moral development of healthcare staff who are delivering end-of-life care. Methods The EOLCSS was delivered to 20 multi-disciplinary health care staff in Ireland in May 2013. Effect on moral reasoning was measured (...)
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