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The Moral Character of Nursing 

The Moral Character of Nursing
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The Moral Character of Nursing
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Mark Lazenby

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199364541.003.0001
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date: 31 March 2020

Ethics in nursing is in the profession’s moral character, not in a set of bioethical principles. This moral character lies in the profession’s nature as a caring profession. It lies in the profession’s caring about and for a better world for patients and their communities. Individual nurses can develop this moral character in themselves by practicing five ethical habits, or the habits of a good nurse; these are the habits of trustworthiness, imagination, beauty, space, and presence. When nurses practice the habits of a good nurse, they embody the moral character of the profession in their everyday acts of nursing care.

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