Practising virtue: a challenge to the view that a virtue centred approach to ethics lacks practical content.


:A virtue centred approach to ethics has been criticized for being vague owing to the nature of its central concept, the paradigm person. From the perspective of the practitioner the most damaging charge is that virtue ethics fails to be action guiding and, in addition to this, it does not offer any means of act appraisal. These criticisms leave virtue ethics in a weak position vis-à-vis traditional approaches to ethics. The criticism is, however, challenged by Hursthouse in her analysis of the accounts of right action offered by deontology, utilitarianism and virtue ethics. It is possible to defend the action guiding nature of virtue ethics: there are virtue rules and exemplars to guide action. Insights from Aristotle's practical approach to ethics are considered alongside Hursthouse's analysis and it is suggested that virtue ethics is also capable of facilitating action appraisal. It is at the same time acknowledged that approaches to virtue ethics vary widely and that the challenges offered here would be rejected by those who embrace a radical replacement virtue approach.


Nurs Ethics


Nursing ethics


Begley AM





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2005-11-01 00:00:00












  • Ethical moments in practice: the nursing 'how are you?' revisited.

    abstract::In seeking for an understanding of ethical practices in health care situations, our challenge is always both to recognize and respond to the call of individuals in need. In attuning ourselves to the call of the vulnerable other an ethical moment arises. Asking 'how are you?' in health care practice is our very first p...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Cameron BL

    更新日期:2004-01-01 00:00:00

  • Public perceptions of health care professionals' participation in pharmaceutical marketing.

    abstract::Trust in the nurse-patient relationship is maintained not by how professionals perceive their actions but rather by how the public perceives them. However, little is known about the public's view of nurses and other health care professionals who participate in pharmaceutical marketing. Our study describes public perce...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Crigger NJ,Courter L,Hayes K,Shepherd K

    更新日期:2009-09-01 00:00:00

  • Nurses' attitudes toward ethical issues in psychiatric inpatient settings.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Nursing is an occupation that deals with humans and relies upon human relationships. Nursing care, which is an important component of these relationships, involves protection, forbearance, attention, and worry. OBJECTIVES:The aim of this study is to evaluate the ethical beliefs of psychiatric nurses and eth...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Eren N

    更新日期:2014-05-01 00:00:00

  • Lessons learned from nurses' requests for ethics consultation: Why did they call and what did they value?

    abstract:BACKGROUND:An ongoing challenge for clinical ethics consultation is learning how colleagues in other healthcare professions understand, make use of, and evaluate clinical ethics consultation services. AIM:In pursuing such knowledge as part of clinical ethics consultation service quality assessment, clinical ethics con...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Bartlett VL,Finder SG

    更新日期:2018-08-01 00:00:00

  • Ethics in nursing: A systematic review of the framework of evidence perspective.

    abstract:AIM:To determine the current state of knowledge on nursing and ethics and to assess the knowledge and experience based on the evidence in this regard. BACKGROUND:Although ethics is at the center of the nursing profession and the ethical issues affecting nurses are given much importance, few studies have focused on pro...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Yıldız E

    更新日期:2019-06-01 00:00:00

  • Nurse moral distress: a proposed theory and research agenda.

    abstract::As professionals, nurses are engaged in a moral endeavour, and thus confront many challenges in making the right decision and taking the right action. When nurses cannot do what they think is right, they experience moral distress that leaves a moral residue. This article proposes a theory of moral distress and a resea...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Corley MC

    更新日期:2002-11-01 00:00:00

  • The ethics of developed nations recruiting nurses from developing countries: the case of Malawi.

    abstract::There is currently a global shortage of nurses. Developing countries such as Malawiare among those hardest hit by this shortage. The demands on available nurses have increased and at the same time there is a lack of interest in becoming a nurse owing to the poor working conditions among those still employed in the ser...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Muula AS,Mfutso-Bengo JM,Makoza J,Chatipwa E

    更新日期:2003-07-01 00:00:00

  • Origins of difficulty in the nurse-patient encounter.

    abstract::The purpose of this study was to look beyond the patient as the source of difficulty and to examine the context of care encounters for factors that contributed to the construction of difficulty in the nurse-patient encounter. The study explains the origins of difficulty in the nurse-patient encounter. This explanation...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Macdonald M

    更新日期:2007-07-01 00:00:00

  • Demands for religious care in the Taiwanese health system.

    abstract::In order to care ethically nurses need to care holistically; holistic care includes religious/spiritual care. This research attempted to answer the question: Do nurses have the resources to offer religious care? This article discusses only one aspect--the provision of religious care within the Taiwanese health care sy...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Tzeng HM,Yin CY

    更新日期:2006-03-01 00:00:00

  • Prisons and prisoners: some observations, comments and ethical reflections based on a visit to a prison hospital in the Ukrainian Republic.

    abstract::The Republic of the Ukraine has a huge prison population and a large prison health care system. Like all other public services in that country it is lacking in sufficient funds to operate adequately and with due respect to the human rights of the prisoners and its health care employees. This report and observations ar...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Brykczyñska G

    更新日期:2002-07-01 00:00:00

  • Human dignity in paediatrics: the effects of health care.

    abstract::Human dignity is grounded in basic human attributes such as life and self-respect. When people cannot stand up for themselves they may lose their dignity towards themselves and others. The aim of this study was to elucidate if dignity remains intact for family members during care procedures in a children's hospital. A...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Lundqvist A,Nilstun T

    更新日期:2007-03-01 00:00:00

  • A Calvinist account of nursing ethics.

    abstract::A relatively small but intellectually robust strand in the Christian religion is the Reformed tradition. Especially, its Calvinist sensibilities inform this Protestant stance towards human culture in general and vocations in particular. Correspondingly, there are some small but robust contributions to academic discour...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 传,历史文章,杂志文章


    authors: Cusveller B

    更新日期:2013-11-01 00:00:00

  • A systematic review of ethical and legal issues in elder care.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Ethical and legal issues are increasingly being reported by health caregivers; however, little is known about the nature of these issues in geriatric care. These issues can improve work and care conditions in healthcare, and consequently, the health and welfare of older people. AIM:This literature review ai...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Podgorica N,Flatscher-Thöni M,Deufert D,Siebert U,Ganner M

    更新日期:2020-05-29 00:00:00

  • 'What is professional ethics?'.

    abstract::The very term 'professional ethics' is puzzling with respect to what both 'professional' and 'ethics' might mean. I argue (1) that professionalism is ambiguous as to whether or not it is implicitly committed to ethical practice; (2) that to be 'professionally' ethical is at best ambiguous, if not in fact bizarre; and ...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Brecher B

    更新日期:2014-03-01 00:00:00

  • Ethical issues in paediatric nontherapeutic pain research.

    abstract::The purpose of this article is to describe the main ethical issues in paediatric nontherapeutic qualitative pain research. It is based on an analysis of the research literature related to ethical issues in research and on experiences from a family interview study focusing on pain assessment and management in children ...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Kankkunen P,Vehviläinen-Julkunen K,Pietilä AM

    更新日期:2002-01-01 00:00:00

  • Nurses' attitudes towards euthanasia in conflict with professional ethical guidelines.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Despite the significant role of nurses in end-of-life care, their attitudes towards euthanasia are under-represented both in the current literature and the controversial debate that is ongoing in several countries. RESEARCH QUESTIONS:What are the attitudes towards euthanasia among Finnish nurses? Which char...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Terkamo-Moisio A,Kvist T,Kangasniemi M,Laitila T,Ryynänen OP,Pietilä AM

    更新日期:2017-02-01 00:00:00

  • Respecting the privacy of hospitalized patients: An integrative review.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Privacy is a complicated and obscure concept, which has special meanings in the healthcare environment; therefore, it is essential for healthcare providers to fully understand this concept. However, there is no universally accepted definition for this concept in the texts, and it has been interpreted differe...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Hasan Tehrani T,Seyed Bagher Maddah S,Fallahi-Khoshknab M,Ebadi A,Mohammadi Shahboulaghi F,Gillespie M

    更新日期:2018-01-01 00:00:00

  • Ethical conflicts and their characteristics among critical care nurses.

    abstract:INTRODUCTION:Ethical conflict is a phenomenon that has been under study over the last three decades, especially the types moral dilemma and moral distress in the field of nursing care. However, ethical problems and their idiosyncrasies need to be further explored. AIM:The objectives of this study were, first, to obtai...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Lluch-Canut T,Sequeira C,Falcó-Pegueroles A,Pinho JA,Rodrigues-Ferreira A,Olmos JG,Roldan-Merino J

    更新日期:2020-03-01 00:00:00

  • When is patient education unethical?

    abstract::Although patient education is central to the ethical practice of nursing, it can be practiced in an ethically contested or unethical way. It is sometimes used to: forward a societal goal the individual might not have chosen; assume that patients should learn to accommodate unjust treatment; exclude the views of all ex...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Redman BK

    更新日期:2008-11-01 00:00:00

  • Ethical challenges in pain management post-surgery.

    abstract::This qualitative study describes ethical challenges faced by Iranian nurses in the process of pain management in surgical units. To address this issue, semistructured interviews were conducted with 26 nurses working in surgery units in three large university hospitals in Tehran. An analysis of the transcripts revealed...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章,多中心研究


    authors: Rejeh N,Ahmadi F,Mohamadi E,Anoosheh M,Kazemnejad A

    更新日期:2009-03-01 00:00:00

  • Ethical challenges for school nurses in documenting schoolchildren's health.

    abstract::This study explored Swedish school nurses' experiences of school health record documentation. Fifty per cent of a representative sample of Swedish school nurses (n = 129) reported difficulties with documenting mental and social health problems in family relationships, schoolchildren's behaviour, and school situations....

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Clausson EK,Köhler L,Berg A

    更新日期:2008-01-01 00:00:00

  • Hermeneutic caring conversations in forensic psychiatric caring.

    abstract:BACKGROUND::In forensic psychiatric care, a hermeneutic caring conversation between caregivers and patients can improve health outcomes. The hermeneutic approach entails starting from the whole and involves openness for what is shown as well as paying attention to the different parts. One way to deepen these conversati...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Rydenlund K,Lindström UÅ,Rehnsfeldt A

    更新日期:2019-03-01 00:00:00

  • Ethical sensitivity, burnout, and job satisfaction in emergency nurses.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Rising levels of burnout and decreasing job satisfaction can inhibit healthcare professionals from providing high-quality care due to a corresponding decrease in their ethical sensitivity. AIM:This study aimed to determine the relationship between the level of ethical sensitivity in emergency service nurses...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Palazoğlu CA,Koç Z

    更新日期:2019-05-01 00:00:00

  • 'Healthy viewing?': experiencing life and death through a voyeuristic gaze.

    abstract::Recent times have witnessed a groundswell in the number of British television programmes that deal with the 'real life' experiences of people in various health care settings. Such programmes tend to focus upon the two interrelated strands of the experience of those who deliver professional care and those who are at th...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Kendrick KD,Costello J

    更新日期:2000-01-01 00:00:00

  • Cultural safety and the socioethical nurse.

    abstract::This article explores the social and ethical elements of cultural safety and combines them in a model of culturally safe practice that should be of interest and relevance for nurses, nurse educators and nurse ethicists in other cultures. To achieve this, the article briefly reviews and critiques the main underpinnings...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Woods M

    更新日期:2010-11-01 00:00:00

  • Ethical challenges in home-based care: A systematic literature review.

    abstract::Because of the transfer of responsibility from hospitals to community-based settings, providers in home-based care have more responsibilities and a wider range of tasks and responsibilities than before, often with limited resources. The increased responsibilities and the complexity of tasks and patient groups may lead...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Heggestad AKT,Magelssen M,Pedersen R,Gjerberg E

    更新日期:2020-12-17 00:00:00

  • Moral dilemmas of nursing in end-of-life care in Hungary: a personal perspective.

    abstract::The authors' aim is to bring to the attention of readers the inadequacies of care for people in Hungary who are terminally ill. They believe that both objective and subjective factors cause these inadequacies. Most of these factors arise from moral dilemmas that could be eased or even solved if ethics education had a ...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Blasszauer B,Palfi I

    更新日期:2005-01-01 00:00:00

  • Sexuality among institutionalized elderly patients with dementia.

    abstract::The subject of sexuality among elderly patients with dementia was examined, focusing on two main aspects: the sexual behaviour of institutionalized elderly people with dementia; and the reactions of other patients, staff and family members to this behaviour. The behaviour was found to be mostly heterosexual and ranged...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Ehrenfeld M,Bronner G,Tabak N,Alpert R,Bergman R

    更新日期:1999-03-01 00:00:00

  • Moral dilemmas involving anthropological and ethical dimensions in healthcare curriculum.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Currently a variety of novel scenarios have appeared within nursing practice such as confidentiality of a patient victim of abuse, justice in insolvent patients, poorly informed consent delivery, non-satisfactory medicine outputs, or the possibility to reject a recommended treatment. These scenarios presuppo...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Macpherson I,Roqué MV,Segarra I

    更新日期:2020-08-01 00:00:00

  • Professional self-concept and professional values of senior students of the nursing department.

    abstract:AIM:This study was carried out in order to determine professional self-concept and professional values in the students, who were studying in the final year of the nursing department in schools providing undergraduate education in the Inner Anatolia Region. METHOD:This cross-sectional study was conducted on a total of ...

    journal_title:Nursing ethics

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Çöplü M,Tekinsoy Kartın P

    更新日期:2019-08-01 00:00:00