We would like to thank our anonymous referees as well as other colleagues who have offered us often thorough and insightful comments which have contributed in diverse ways to challenge our thinking, resulting in a vastly improved paper.
Compassionate care: a moral dimension of nursing *
Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 166–174, September 2000
How to Cite
Von Dietze, E. and Orb, A. (2000), Compassionate care: a moral dimension of nursing . Nursing Inquiry, 7: 166–174. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1800.2000.00065.x
This point was aptly made by one of our referees.
- Issue published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Accepted for publication 13 January 2000
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Compassionate care: a moral dimension of nursing
This paper focuses on the concept of compassion and its meaning for nursing practice. Compassion is often considered to be an essential component of nursing care; however, it is difficult to identify what exactly comprises compassionate care. To begin with, there is a general discussion of the meaning of compassion and an examination of its common usage. An argument then is presented that compassion is more than just a natural response to suffering, rather that it is a moral choice. The paper outlines the extent to which this concept has implications for nursing care, highlighting some of the obstacles that nurses need to overcome in order to maintain this essential moral value of the caring role.