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The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing$
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Betty R. Ferrell and Nessa Coyle

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333121

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333121.001.0001

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Ethical and Theological Perspectives on the Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing

Ethical and Theological Perspectives on the Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing

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The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing
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Betty R. Ferrell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333121.003.0002

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.

Keywords:   feminist ethics, spirituality, theology, forgiveness, religious beliefs, suffering

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