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Conceptualising moral resilience for nursing practice

Sala Defilippis, Tiziana M. L., Curtis, Katherine and Gallagher, Ann (2019) Conceptualising moral resilience for nursing practice Nursing Inquiry.

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The term ‘moral resilience’ has been gaining momentum in the nursing ethics literature. This may be due to it representing a potential response to moral problems such as moral distress. Moral resilience has been conceptualised as a factor that inhibits immoral ac- tions, as a favourable outcome and as an ability to bounce back after a morally distress- ing situation. In this article, the philosophical analysis of moral resilience is developed by challenging these conceptualisations and highlighting the risks of such limiting perspec- tives. It is argued that moral resilience is best understood as a virtue with two associ- ated vices, faintheartedness and rigidity. The intellectual virtue of practical wisdom is required to express resilience as a virtue. This understanding leads to recommendations for professional education, for practice and for further research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Sala Defilippis, Tiziana M. L.
Curtis, Katherine
Date : 28 February 2019
DOI : 10.1111/nin.12291
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Uncontrolled Keywords : Moral practice; Moral resilience; Nursing ethics; Virtue ethics
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 04 Apr 2019 14:11
Last Modified : 04 Apr 2019 14:11

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