Authentic intention: Tempering the dehumanizing aspects of technology on behalf of good nursing care

Nursing Philosophy 21 (1):e12255 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The nursing profession has a responsibility to ensure that nursing goals and perspectives as these have developed over time remain the focus of its work. Explored in this paper is the potential problem for the nursing profession of recognizing both the promises and pitfalls of informational technologies so as to use them wisely in behalf of ethical patient care. We make a normative claim that maintaining a critical stance toward the use of informational technologies in practice and in influencing the thought patterns of the younger generations of nurses is a moral imperative of the discipline, because without this practice can become subverted from professional goals in various ways. We use a synthesized concept we call “intentional authenticity” derived from the writing of Heidegger and Feminist care ethics to provide a foundation for the development of nurses who understand the importance of the nurse‐patient relationship and how the unthoughtful use of informational and other technologies can militate against effective or good nursing care.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,931

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Philosophy of technology and nursing.Alan Barnard - 2002 - Nursing Philosophy 3 (1):15–26.
Care as a Moral Attitude in Nursing.C. Gastmans - 1999 - Nursing Ethics 6 (3):214-223.
Care as A Moral Attitude in Nursing.Chris Gastmans - 1999 - Nursing Ethics 6 (3):214-223.


Added to PP

27 (#608,062)

6 months
11 (#272,636)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

The Ethics of Care. Personal, Political, and Global.Virginia Held - 2007 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 69 (2):399-399.
Discourse on Thinking.Martin Heidegger, John M. Anderson & E. Hans Freund - 1966 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 1 (1):53-59.
The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global.Mary Mahowald - 2009 - International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 2 (1):177-181.

View all 10 references / Add more references