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The Moral Character of Nursing

Mark Lazenby

in Caring Matters Most

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Published in print January 2017 | ISBN: 9780199364541
Published online February 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780199392124 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199364541.003.0001
The Moral Character of Nursing

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Ethics in nursing is in the profession’s moral character, not in a set of bioethical principles. This moral character lies in the profession’s nature as a caring profession. It lies in the profession’s caring about and for a better world for patients and their communities. Individual nurses can develop this moral character in themselves by practicing five ethical habits, or the habits of a good nurse; these are the habits of trustworthiness, imagination, beauty, space, and presence. When nurses practice the habits of a good nurse, they embody the moral character of the profession in their everyday acts of nursing care.

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Subjects: Nursing Studies ; Medical Skills ; Clinical Medicine

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