Ethical reasoning in nurses’ and physicians’ stories about care episodes


Professor Astrid Norberg Department of Advanced Nursing, University of Umeå, Box 1442 S-901 24 Umeå, Sweden


Twenty-three registered nurses and nine physicians reported 43 stones about ethically difficult care situations Themes in nurses’ and physicians’ stones were described by means of narrative ethical theory It turned out that nurses and physicians related different kinds of stones They also seemed to use different kinds of ethical reasoning This result was interpreted as mainly connected to the fact that the two professions have different tasks to accomplish and are trained in disciplines with different foci, nursing and medicine The need to find a common frame story covering the two professional stones was stressed