An ethic of the fitting: a conceptual framework for nursing practice

Anthony G. Tuckett (1998) An ethic of the fitting: a conceptual framework for nursing practice. Nursing Inquiry, 5 4: 220-227.


Author Anthony G. Tuckett
Title An ethic of the fitting: a conceptual framework for nursing practice
Journal name Nursing Inquiry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1320-7881
Publication date 1998-12-31
Year available 2007
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-1800.1998.00241.x
Volume 5
Issue 4
Start page 220
End page 227
Total pages 8
Editor Judith Parker
Place of publication Carlton Melbourne Australia
Publisher School of Postgraduate Nursing, University of Melbourne
Subject 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
321100 Nursing
Abstract Nurses are expected to act within and ethos of care cognisant of duty, the right and the good. Concepts of virtue theory, utlitarianism and deontology are used to outline a conceptual ethical framework for nurses in practice. This 'Moebius' framework aims to locate the virtues in a symbiotic relationship with the principles of utilitarianism and deontology. Under this framework, fitting ethical responses are sought. Within an ethic of the fitting, rules and principles do not guarantee the most ethically justifiable outcomes. Within the Moebius approach, the nurse ought to respond with a sense of compassion that befits the moment rather than adhere to a rule at all costs.
Keyword compassion
deontology
ethics
fitting response
Moebius framework
virtue theory
utility

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