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Caring: Nurses, Women and Ethics

Helga Kuhse

ISBN: 978-0-631-20211-0 May 1997 Wiley-Blackwell 312 Pages


This volume provides a critical introduction to contemporary attempts to base nursing ethics on a feminine 'ethics of care'.

1. Two Nurses.

2. A History of Subservience.

3. Advocacy or Subservience for the Sake of the Patients?.

4. Ethics.

5. Women and Ethics - Is Morality Gendered?.

6. Care Versus Justice : An Old Debate in New Clothes?.

7."Yes" to Caring - but "No" to a Nursing Ethics of Care.

8. Just Caring at the End of Life.

9. Nursing - The Slumbering Giant.


"This book is provocative and a 'must' for all nurses who are or ought to be engaged in nurse ethics." Ulla Fasting, Nursing Ethics

"Kuhse's book is a contribution to the professionalisation of the nurses and contributes also to the improvement of the ethical discourses regarding end-of-life discussions in clinical care." Marieke Janssen, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

* Links the history of nursing and of women to contemporary developments in ethics.
* Provocative intervention in contemporary debates about voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide.
* Provides comprehensive critique of the "Ethics of Care".