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- Values, ethics and advocacy
Elwin, Carolyn A.;
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery
- This chapter explores the influence of values on human behaviour and the ethical dimensions of nursing and midwifery practice. The unique nature of nursing and midwifery places both at the bedside and in groups of professionals where critical decisions are made about the best way to treat injury and illness and to solve healthcare problems. In the framework developed by McCormack and McCance (2006), one of the four constructs of person-centred care relates to prerequisites, or the attributes that nurses and midwives bring to the relationship. These prerequisites do not relate only to skills and clinical competence but to the values and beliefs of the nurse or midwife. Therefore, nurses and midwives must have a well-developed understanding of the role of ethics in professional practice and how their own ethical position will affect the care they deliver. Ethics, or morality, poses questions about how we ought to act and how we should live. It is an inquiry into the justification of particular actions (e.g. Are these actions right or wrong?), as well as a search for traits of moral character that promote more human growth.
- Australian and New Zealand ed.
- Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery: A Person-Centred Approach to Care p. 196-217
- Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
- Resource Type
- book chapter