Teaching civility to undergraduate nurses: using a virtue ethics-based curriculum

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2013-01-24

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Russell, Martha

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As professionals, nurses are expected to engage in respectful relationships with clients, other healthcare professionals, and each other. Regulatory bodies set standards for professional behavior in nursing that clearly communicate expectations for civility. However, the wealth of literature on civility indicates that nurses often fall short of meeting these standards in their interactions with other nurses. For nurse educators, there are currently few effective strategies for teaching civility to nursing students to prepare them to engage in healthy relationships with their coworkers. In this paper, I argue for using virtue ethics as a philosophical framework for teaching civility to undergraduate nursing students. The pedagogical strategies that I propose may help students contribute to the development of quality workplaces

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nursing, ethics, civility, nurse educators

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