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Open Access Articulating a Policy Resolution for Sexual Diversity Research: Nurses as Moral Agents L'élaboration d'une résolution de principe en matière de recherche sur la diversité sexuelle : le rôle moral des infirmières

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This case study of community nurses in the Canadian province of Ontario explores the relevance of power relations to nursing ethical inquiry. Public health nurses critically reflected on their role in challenging social inequities as they generated evidence to inform practice. In the process, they developed a policy resolution articulating values and principles for ethical nursing research with diversely situated sexual minorities. The author uses a qualitative case study design and applies a feminist bioethics framework using critical literature to analyze this document and the practice context. The findings suggest that dynamics of power, including gender, influence nurses' ability to advocate for sexual minorities through research, prompting the development of a public statement on knowledge production. There are implications for undertaking nursing ethical inquiries that explore how dominant and counter-discourses and multiple dimensions of power shape nurses' moral agency in challenging the status quo.

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Cette étude de cas menée en Ontario, une province canadienne, examine la pertinence des relations de pouvoir en matière d'éthique de la recherche en sciences infirmières. Des infirmières de santé publique ont entrepris une réflexion critique sur le rôle qu'elles jouent pour dénoncer les inégalités sociales au moment de recueillir des données destinées à éclairer leur exercice. Ce faisant, elles ont préparé une résolution qui expose les valeurs et les principes sur lesquels devrait reposer la recherche infirmière menée auprès des différentes minorités sexuelles. L'auteure se fonde ici sur une étude de cas qualitative et un cadre féministe en matière de bioéthique pour analyser le document en question et le milieu d'exercice dans lequel il s'inscrit. Ses conclusions indiquent que les dynamiques de pouvoir, incluant celles qui relèvent du genre, influent sur la capacité des infirmières à défendre les droits des minorités sexuelles par le biais de la recherche, ce qui aura suscité l'élaboration d'une déclaration publique sur la production des connaissances. Elles comportent certaines implications pour l'éthique en matière de recherche, dont la nécessité d'explorer en quoi les discours dominants et les contre-discours, de même que les multiples dimensions du pouvoir, façonnent le rôle moral des infirmières face au besoin de remettre en cause le statu quo.

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Keywords: FEMINISM; GENDER; MINORITY; NURSING ETHICS; PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING; RESEARCH METHODOLOGY; SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-12-01

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