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The respectful nurse.

Gallagher, A (2007) The respectful nurse. Nurs Ethics, 14 (3). pp. 360-371.

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Respect is much referred to in professional codes, in health policy documents and in everyday conversation. What respect means and what it requires in everyday contemporary nursing practice is less than clear. Prescriptions in professional codes are insufficient, given the complexity and ambiguity of everyday nursing practice. This article explores the meaning and requirements of respect in relation to nursing practice. Fundamentally, respect is concerned with value: where ethical value or worth is present, respect is indicated. Raz has argued that the two ways of encountering value are to respect and to engage with it. The former requires acknowledgement and preservation. Respect in nursing practice necessarily requires also engagement. Respect is an active value and can be conceptualized within the context of virtue ethics as a hybrid virtue having both intellectual and ethical components. Examples from the literature are provided to illustrate situations where the respectful nurse requires these components or capabilities.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors : Gallagher, A
Date : May 2007
DOI : 10.1177/0969733007075874
Uncontrolled Keywords : Clinical Competence, Codes of Ethics, Great Britain, Humans, Morals, Nurse's Role, Nurse-Patient Relations, Patient Advocacy, Philosophy, Nursing, Practice Guidelines as Topic, Social Values, Virtues
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:26
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 12:16

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