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Open Access Ethics in a Time of Contagion: A Relational Perspective La déontologie en des temps de maladies contagieuses : une perspective relationnelle

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In times of contagion, the key role of nurses brings fears, dangers, and unique demands. The ethics of such challenges need to be explored and understood. Using Callahan's framework for thinking ethically and Taylor's "worries" of modern life, the author elucidates some of the challenges and then argues that the current approach to pandemic ethics, with its reliance on moral reasoning, is insufficient to guide nurses' ethical actions. Relational ethics, which explicitly situates ethics within relationships and our commitment to one another, and which recognizes that context matters in ethical decision-making, is offered as a viable alternative for nurses in considering how to respond.

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En des temps de maladies contagieuses, le personnel infirmier joue un rôle important et fait face à des peurs, des dangers et des exigences particulières. Ces défis nécessitent l'apport d'un code déontologique qui doit être élaboré puis compris. S'appuyant sur le cadre de travail de Callahan pour articuler une pensée déontologique et sur la notion de « préoccupations » inhérentes à la vie moderne articulée par Taylor, l'auteure cerne certains défis et défend le point de vue selon lequel l'approche déontologique actuelle en situation de pandémie, qui s'appuie sur le raisonnement moral, ne peut guider les infirmières et les infirmiers dans leurs actions déontologiques. Elle propose au personnel infirmier devant choisir un plan d'action la déontologie relationnelle comme solution de rechange viable. Cette approche fait de la déontologie une composante explicite des liens et de l'engagement mutuel et reconnaît le contexte comme un élément important dans le processus décisionnel déontologique.

Keywords: ETHICS; NURSES; PANDEMIC; PANDEMIC PLANNING; RELATIONAL ETHICS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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