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Nursing ethics

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L124-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Nursing ethics may be defined simply in relation to what nurses do that doctors and others do not characteristically do; or in relation to the nursing perspective on any issues in health care and medicine. More radically, it claims to employ a distinctive conceptual framework, regarding care, rather than cure, as fundamental. Nursing ethics concerns itself with the relationship between ‘carer’ and ‘cared for’ and the meanings embedded in that relationship. It is the moral exploration of an illness or disability as a personal life crisis rather than an instance of a biomedical generalization.

Citing this article:
Hunt, Geoffrey. Nursing ethics, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L124-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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