Ethics Education and Nursing Practice
Scott, P. Anne
Nursing Ethics. 1996 Mar; 3(1): 53-63.
This paper suggests that a consideration of health care practice is a necessary step in gaining insight into the appropriate composition of an ethics course for students in the health care professional. Health care practice, if it responds to the needs of society, is dynamic in nature. In the current climate of change in the health service, the author suggests that the nursing profession needs to become more proactive in analysing and attempting to determine the future shape of nursing. To protect patient care the nursing profession needs to have its eyes open to the ethical dimensions of changes in role and practice. The author argues that, in attempting to ensure that the education to which nursing students are exposed is of relevance, it is necessary to introduce an element of the ideal into the ethics component of their professional education. From early on in their professional development students should be aware of the scope and standards of practice, and the type of role enactment to which the profession requires them to aspire.
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