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Moral guidance; moral philosophy; and moral issues in practice

Holt, J and Long, T 1999, 'Moral guidance; moral philosophy; and moral issues in practice' , Nurse Education Today, 19 (3) , pp. 246-249.

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Abstract

Approaches to teaching ethics to nurses have been debated in literature for some years. Three issues in particular are commonly addressed: the intentions of such teaching; the value of examples and case studies; and the compatibility of philosophical approaches with the clinical reality experienced by students. It is argued here that moral guidance as a strategy is unacceptable, and that a basic introduction to philosophical methods is the key to effective learning of the skills required for autonomous analysis and decision making. A means for including the use of personal experiences and case study material is presented which relies upon the provision of a framework of analysis to facilitate structured thinking and the pursuit of justifiable arguments. The approach suggested is compatible with students’ existing experiences and work-context, and enhances the integration of ethical reasoning into the multi-faceted totality of clinical practice.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Education Today
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0260-6917
Depositing User: Professor Tony Long
Date Deposited: 15 May 2012 09:53
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22695

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