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Illness, Narratives and the Value of the Nurse-Patient Relationship

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Abstract

An adequate and plausible nursing ethics needs to do much more than merely posit the moral importance of obligation and the moral worth of the consequences of actions and omissions. My central premise is that an adequate nursing ethics needs to begin with a consideration of the person who is ill. Moreover, such a theory needs to address the moral character traits of nurses; after all, the latter actually care for ill persons. Moral obligations do not in themselves care for ill persons. Such deontic concepts require application by moral agents. It therefore seems to me crucial that one should examine the sort of nurse one is.

Keywords

Therapeutic Relationship Moral Quality Practical Skill Moral Virtue Delphi Study 
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Notes

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    F. Nightingale, Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not (New York: Dover Publications, 1969).Google Scholar
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    A. Altschul, Patient-Nurse Interaction (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1972).Google Scholar

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© Alan E. Armstrong 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUK

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