Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 15(4) November 2002 : 7-16.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2002.19160

Listening to Nurses' Moral Voices: Building a Quality Health Care Environment

Janet Storch, Paddy Rodney, Bernadette Pauly, Helen Brown and Rosalie Starzomski


In this paper we describe a research project in nursing ethics aimed at exploring the meaning of ethics for nurses providing direct care with clients. This was a practice-based project in which participants who were staff nurses, nurses in advanced practice, and students in nursing were asked to tell us (or describe to us) how they thought about ethics in their practice, and what ethical practice meant to them. We then undertook to analyze, describe and understand the enactment of ethical practice, the opportunities for and barriers to such enactment, as well as the resources nurses need for ethical practice. We drew out implications of these findings for nursing leaders.

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