Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 14 (2):203-208 (2011)

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The values of nursing arise from a concern with human flourishing. If the desire to become a nurse is a reflection of an aspiration to care for others in need then we should anticipate that those who choose to nurse have a tendency towards the values we would normally associate with a caring profession (care, compassion, perhaps altruism, and so on). However, these values require a secure base if they are not to succumb to the corrupting pressures of the increasingly instrumental nature of the values of the institutions in which healthcare in general and nursing in particular takes place. One way of securing a base for withstanding the corrupting influences of the institution is to understand nursing as a practice in the sense in which Alasdair MacIntyre uses that term. In this brief paper I will outline ways in which the managerial imperative of meeting targets is both distorting practice and undermining nursing’s values. I conclude that understanding nursing as a MacIntyrean practice provides a refuge from what might otherwise be overwhelming pressures for nurses to adopt instrumental values to the detriment of professional caring values
Keywords Alasdair MacIntyre  Nursing as a practice  Professional codes  Targets  Professional values  Instrumental values
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Whose Justice? Which Rationality?Alasdair Macintyre - 1988 - Journal of Religious Ethics 16 (2):363-363.
The Audit Society: Rituals of Verification.Michael Power - 1999 - British Journal of Educational Studies 47 (1):92-94.
Are Nursing Codes of Practice Ethical?S. Pattison - 2001 - Nursing Ethics 8 (1):5-18.

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Values in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.Stephen Tyreman - 2011 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 14 (2):209-217.
Professional Values: Introduction to the Theme. [REVIEW]David Badcott - 2011 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 14 (2):185-186.

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