Humanity at the Heart of Practice: A Study of Ethics for Health-Care Students and Practitioners, released in the summer of 2019, was a book which took more than a decade to come to fruition.
Originally the project of Beverly J. Whelton, an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University (USA), the book is centred on ethical decision-making in healthcare and uses the idea of humanity as its organising structure. Rejected by a number of publishers due to its multidisciplinary nature, the lifelong educator Jane Neuenschwander came on board as an editor and co-author and the philosophical heart of the book was supplemented by her pedagogical expertise.
The final product is a volume which unites ethical principles with healthcare practice to identify ‘the good choice’ in a multitude of difficult situations.
Aside from her position at Wheeling Jesuit University, Beverly teaches online at Gonzaga University, USA. She received her MSN and PhD from the Catholic University of America, and lectures nationally and internationally on human life itself as a foundation for practice. She has published articles in journals such as Linacre Quarterly, Nursing Philosophy, and Nursing Science Quarterly, among others, and was Vice Chair of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society from 2005 to 2018. In August 2019 she was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.
After years of teaching in public schools, Jane Neuenschwander moved into the area of curriculum and instruction, working for the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling, West Virginia. She also worked as a NASA Educator Resource Manager with responsibilities in the area of educational professional development. She earned an MA in Elementary Education from West Virginia University and an EdD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University, USA. She currently teaches in the Department of Education at Wheeling Jesuit University, USA.
Here’s what Beverly had to say about her experience of working with us:
“Many people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing were instrumental at guiding these novice authors to publication. Over the years, many publishers had been contacted about this manuscript, but the work did not seem to fit. I was writing a philosophically-based, health-care ethics text with lessons drawn from living examples, stories, and personal experience. It was not purely health science, social science, or medical humanities (physician oriented). However, that all changed when Cambridge Scholars encouraged us with their interest in our work.
My friend, an educator, offered to edit my work for intellectual accessibility, and we submitted our proposal. We rejoiced to receive a note that the proposal was being passed along to the review board. We soon had a contract. Before we signed the contract, we consulted a colleague, an accomplished author and a full professor in the Business Department, Dr Ed Younkins (name used with oral permission). He was thrilled for us to have a contract from the ‘prestigious’ Cambridge Scholars Publishing, a solid ‘class act’ press.
The full manuscript was submitted March 9th, 2019 and was accepted for publication March 29th, with a slight title change. We were asked for our vision of cover art, and the artists did a brilliant job translating our ideas into the perfect image for the cover. Cambridge Scholars had a clear and timely approach for getting the manuscript turned into a published book.
After many years of writing, my life’s work was born June 14, 2019. It took the acquisition of a co-author to make my ideas digestible to undergraduate students and numerous people at Cambridge Scholars to believe in and guide us through the process of publishing this book. We wrote after we saw our first copies, ‘Jane and I would like to thank you for the beautiful book you created from our manuscript…the art and quality of workmanship are stunning.’”
For more information about the text, about the authors, or to read an extract, you can click here. Cambridge Scholars are offering a 50% discount on Humanity at the Heart of Practice until February 15th. Just use the promotional code ‘MOAJAN20’ at the checkout on our website. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2019.