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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156692
Type:
Presentation
Title:
An Ethical Helix: Ethical Decision Within Caring Praxis
Abstract:
An Ethical Helix: Ethical Decision Within Caring Praxis
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Kirby, Carol, N/A
P.I. Institution Name:UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
Introduction:The crucial challenge to transformative caring practice from potentially alienating modern technologised healthcare systems is averted through deep understanding of what it means to be human, moral conviction, the exercise of practical ethical judgement and personal interpretation. Within essential ethical dialogic relation the generative healing action of nursing arises and is sustained. Such relation aims to discover meaning, create hope, belief in self and other and realisation of human potential. Between nurse and patient is the ethical space where possibility and potential are realised. Philosophical reflection:The technological approach in healthcare has often taken precedence over the spirit of care that involves treating the patient as a whole person with a life story rather than the locus of a technical problem. To care, morally care requires convergence of competence with compassion. Ethical discernment has become increasingly complex. The dilemmas faced are contextualised and embedded within caring relation wherein we face our ethical responsibility to the other. Searching for rational solutions within our duty to care we find only partial solution because we dwell on the sense of duty, attempting to apply problem-solving rationales to essentially complex situations. Necessary as they are, they take us only so far. We realise that the most replete solution is recognition that care understood not as duty but as gift extinguishes the dilemma. The paper proposes that an appropriate means of arriving at ethical decisions cannot be restricted to exclusively utilitarian values or universal principles but must acknowledge the context within which ethical dilemmas arise and the impact they have upon the unfolding narrative of peoples’ lives. Conclusion:The framework for ethical decision-making emerging from the inquiry encompasses an existential and compassionate awareness of the person, principles to enable rather than determine life choice and, dialogic communicative action between self and other in living moments of care.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn Ethical Helix: Ethical Decision Within Caring Praxisen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156692-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">An Ethical Helix: Ethical Decision Within Caring Praxis</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kirby, Carol, N/A</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">carol.kirby1@ntlworld.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Introduction:The crucial challenge to transformative caring practice from potentially alienating modern technologised healthcare systems is averted through deep understanding of what it means to be human, moral conviction, the exercise of practical ethical judgement and personal interpretation. Within essential ethical dialogic relation the generative healing action of nursing arises and is sustained. Such relation aims to discover meaning, create hope, belief in self and other and realisation of human potential. Between nurse and patient is the ethical space where possibility and potential are realised. Philosophical reflection:The technological approach in healthcare has often taken precedence over the spirit of care that involves treating the patient as a whole person with a life story rather than the locus of a technical problem. To care, morally care requires convergence of competence with compassion. Ethical discernment has become increasingly complex. The dilemmas faced are contextualised and embedded within caring relation wherein we face our ethical responsibility to the other. Searching for rational solutions within our duty to care we find only partial solution because we dwell on the sense of duty, attempting to apply problem-solving rationales to essentially complex situations. Necessary as they are, they take us only so far. We realise that the most replete solution is recognition that care understood not as duty but as gift extinguishes the dilemma. The paper proposes that an appropriate means of arriving at ethical decisions cannot be restricted to exclusively utilitarian values or universal principles but must acknowledge the context within which ethical dilemmas arise and the impact they have upon the unfolding narrative of peoples&rsquo; lives. Conclusion:The framework for ethical decision-making emerging from the inquiry encompasses an existential and compassionate awareness of the person, principles to enable rather than determine life choice and, dialogic communicative action between self and other in living moments of care.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T15:02:09Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T15:02:09Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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