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date: 20 June 2021

Trustworthiness, which, according to Onora O’Neill, includes competence, reliability, and honesty, is one of the habits of a good nurse. The profession of nursing ensures the competence of individual nurses. The profession has proven itself reliable through the competent work of individual nurses. Yet because people are in a dependent state when they need nursing care, they call upon individual nurses to be reliable. This has the effect of making individual nurses respond with reliability. Nurses do not deceive their patients, and in this way they are honest. But honesty also includes fairness. Nurses are fair in that they have little stake in profiting from the business of health care; nurses care for people regardless of wealth or social status; and nurses have a concern for the poor and dispossessed. Through trustworthy care, nurses add to the public’s storehouse of trust. This is, in part, the ethical significance of nursing.

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