This paper attacks the Kantian conception of morality that predominates in our society and the rationalist educational strategies that flow from it In its place it offers an Aristotelian conception of ethics in which sensitivity and feeling are important components of practical reason It argues that a nurse's ethical concerns extend further than the several moral dilemmas discussed in the daily press and that those concerns should be responded to in moral education by a process called ‘empowerment’ Empowerment seeks to develop confidence and sensitivity in the making of difficult decisions and does so by training habits, developing attitudes, and encouraging reflection on actions performed