TITLE

THE ART OF NURSING

AUTHOR(S)
Edwards, S.D.
PUB. DATE
September 1998
SOURCE
Nursing Ethics;Sep98, Vol. 5 Issue 5, p393
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the question of whether, as is often claimed, nursing is properly described as an art. Following critical remarks on the claims of Carper, Chinn and Watson, and Johnson, the account of art provided by RG Collingwood is described, with particular reference to his influential distinction between art and craft. The question of whether nursing is best described as an art or a craft is then discussed. The conclusion is advanced that nursing cannot properly be described as an art, given acceptance of Collingwood’s influential definition of art. Moreover, it is shown that, due to difficulties inherent in specifying the ‘ends’ of nursing, nursing is only problematically described as a craft.
ACCESSION #
4093558

 

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