Ethics in Nursing Education: Learning To Reflect On Care Practices

Nursing Ethics 14 (6):758-766 (2007)
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Providing good care requires nurses to reflect critically on their nursing practices. Ethics education must provide nurses with tools to accomplish such critical reflection. It must also create a pedagogical context in which a caring attitude can be taught and cultivated. To achieve this twofold goal, we argue that the principles of a right-action approach, within which nurses conform to a number of minimum principles, must be integrated into a virtue ethics approach that cultivates a caring attitude. Ethics education that incorporates both the `critical companionship' method and the use of codes of ethics contributes positively to cultivating critical reflection by nurses



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