Patricia Benner's introduction to phenomenology develops the reader's understanding of the strategies and processes involved in this innovative approach to nursing. The author discusses the relationship between theory and practice, considers the possibility of a science of caring from a feminist perspective, introduces interpretive phenomenology to the study of natural groups such as families, and suggests a basis for developing nursing ethics that is true to the caring and healing practices of the nursing profession.

Toward a New Medical Ethics: Implications for Ethics in Nursing

Toward a New Medical Ethics: Implications for Ethics in Nursing

Toward a new medical ethics: Implications for ethics in nursing
David C.Thomasma

As medical ethics matures, so too will the implications for nursing ethics. The two disciplines are parallel. Yet because of specific features that are not common to the two, nursing ethics should be seen as a separate discipline with its own patterns of development.

In this paper I will examine the changes that have taken place in medical ethics. The purpose of this examination is to ferret out the implications of those changes for the parallel discipline of nursing ethics. Because broad strokes are used to sketch the changes in the former, with apologies to historians of medical ethics (Burns, 1977), my comments are necessarily sweeping ...

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