Ethical and Theological Perspectives on the Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing
This chapter attempts to move beyond nursing or medical literature to apply knowledge from fields such as feminist ethics, spirituality, and theology to examine the concept of suffering. It begins with a foundational exploration of the limits to current approaches to suffering and then explores ethical perspectives followed by theological perspectives. Within the theological perspective, it explores the concept of forgiveness to show that the depth of understanding of suffering available in this field can be applied to the nursing perspective. It follows with a discussion of meeting diverse religious beliefs with particular concern for nursing amidst our increasingly diverse society. It also describes sacred acts in the absence of religion.
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