Nurse time as a scarce health care resource

In Geoffrey Hunt (ed.), Ethical issues in nursing. London: Routledge. pp. 207-217 (1994)
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Abstract

For a long time, discussion about scarce health care resource allocation was limited to allocation of medical resources, with the paradigmatic case being kidney transplants. This narrow focus on medical resource prevents us from seeing that there are many cases-- perhaps even the majority--in which time is the real scarce resource, particularly nurse time. What ethical principles should apply to nurse time as a scarce health care resource?

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