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Healthcare 2016, 4(1), 2;

Sustainability as an Ethical Principle: Ensuring Its Systematic Place in Professional Nursing Practice

Faculty of Social Work, Health Care and Nursing Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Esslingen, Flandernstra├če 101, 73732 Esslingen, Germany
Academic Editor: Sampath Parthasarathy
Received: 17 November 2015 / Revised: 22 December 2015 / Accepted: 28 December 2015 / Published: 30 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ethics, Health, and Natural Resources)
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Alongside the central focus on the persons requiring nursing care in professional nursing practice, the perspective of the sustainability of interventions and the use of materials (for example, nursing aids and hygiene articles) is gaining prominence in nursing decision-making processes. This contribution makes the principle of sustainability concrete and delineates its importance in the context of professional nursing practice and decision-making. It further suggests the development of an ethical policy in order to systematically ensure that sustainability has a place in ethical reflection and decision-making, and describes the elements involved. Finally, a synthesis is made between the importance of the principle of sustainability, suggested ethical policies (system of ethical reflection) as they affect nursing practice and professional reflection, decision-making, and practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; ethical policy; ethical reflection sustainability; ethical policy; ethical reflection
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