Changing Values for Nursing and Health Promotion: Exploring the Policy Context of Professional Ethics
Nursing Ethics. 1999 Sep; 6(5): 411-422.
In this article we illustrate, and argue for, the importance of researching the social context of health professionals' ethical agendas and concerns. We draw upon qualitative interview data from 20 nurses working in two occupational health sites, and our discussion focuses mainly upon aspects of the shifting 'ethical context' for those nurses with a health promotion remit who are working in the British National Health Service. Within this discussion we also raise a number of potentially substantive issues, including the risks of colluding in 'double standards', and the tensions between the practitioner and managerial roles in nursing. Overall, we hope to pose questions about the best ways to understand the ethical agency and responsibilities of health professionals.
Accountability; Administrators; Attitudes; Autonomy; Caring; Consent; Economics; Employment; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Care Reform; Health Promotion; Informed Consent; Mass Screening; Medicine; Moral Complicity; Nurse's Role; Nurses; Nursing Ethics; Nursing Research; Occupational Health; Occupational Medicine; Patient Advocacy; Professional Autonomy; Professional Ethics; Qualitative Research; Research; Resource Allocation; Responsibilities; Standards; Survey; Values;
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