A Sense of Life: The Future of Industrial-Style Health Care
Nursing Ethics 2004 March; 11(2): 189-202
In this article I attempt to transcend the mainstream conception of health care ethics, including nursing ethics, by bringing into the foreground a tension between a sense of life and an industrial-bureaucratic style of health care, with its emphasis on the systematic and procedural work culture necessary for mass production. I use the concept of 'a sense of life' to draw attention to the wisdom, sensitivity and responsibility that is necessary for the authentic care of others to be given a chance in the development of modern health care. I emphasize the mindfulness that the professional requires for genuine care, and how the systematic organization of modern health care, on the whole, ignores, obstructs and even suppresses such mindfulness.
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