Nursing Ethics: A Virtue-Based Approach

Paperback | February 15, 2010

byAlan E. Armstrong

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Reacting against the dominance of obligation-based moral theories in both general and nursing ethics, the author proposes a 'strong' (action-guiding) account of a virtue-based approach to moral decision-making within contemporary nursing practice. Merits and criticisms of obligation- and virtue-based approaches to morality are identified and examined. One of the author's central premises is that the notions of moral goodness and badness carry more moral weight than the traditionally important notions of moral rightness and wrongness. Therefore, the author argues that in order to deliver morally good care, it is vital to consider the kind of nurse one is, and this means examining one's moral character. This book will be rewarding reading for a wide range of readers, including clinical nurses, nurse educators and nurse ethicists; indeed, anyone interested in morality and ethics and the work of nurses will find this book stimulating reading.

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Reacting against the dominance of obligation-based moral theories in both general and nursing ethics, the author proposes a 'strong' (action-guiding) account of a virtue-based approach to moral decision-making within contemporary nursing practice. Merits and criticisms of obligation- and virtue-based approaches to morality are identifi...

ALAN E. ARMSTRONG is Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.5 × 5.5 × 0.55 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023024419X

ISBN - 13:9780230244191

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Illness, Narratives and the Value of the Nurse-Patient Relationship
The Virtues in General Ethics
A Critique of Obligation-Based Moral Theories in General Ethics
The Origins, Development and Tenets of Virtue Ethics
Common Objections to Virtue Ethics
A Critical Account of Obligation-Based Moral Theories in Nursing Practice
Virtue-Based Moral Decision-Making in Nursing Practice
Macintyre's Account of the Virtues
Macintyre's Account of the Virtues and the Virtue-Based Approach to Moral Decision-Making in Nursing Practice
Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography
Index