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A Calvinist account of nursing ethics

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A Calvinist account of nursing ethics

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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
discourse in nursing ethics. So far there has been no attempt to bring those together as a distinct approach. This article suggests such a Reformed Christian, especially Calvinist, account of nursing ethics. Central to the Reformed perspective is the notion that God is sovereign over all of creation and culture
and hence that there can be no religiously or morally neutral area in human life. Consequently, nursing is not seen as professional to the extent it is based on research evidence or theoretical models, but to the extent it serves the ultimate purpose of the practice of care. In the Reformed view, this purpose is fostering the well-being of human beings in need as intrinsically valuable. Nurses are professionals who
accept this responsibility, that is, the whole of expectations holding for personal qualities, conduct and outcomes,
required to serve the purpose of care. As this is a moral purpose, succeeding or failing to live up to these expectations is the source of moral issues in nursing.

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OrganisatieChristelijke Hogeschool Ede
InstituutAcademie Gezondheidszorg
LectoraatVerpleegkundige Beroepsethiek
Gepubliceerd inNursing Ethics Sage Author Services, Vol. 20, Uitgave: 7, Pagina's: 762-770
Datum2014-06-11
TypeArtikel
TaalEngels

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