Wainwright, P.
July 1998
Nursing Ethics;Jul98, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p363
Academic Journal
Paul Cain, in his recent article,1 raises some interesting points about the ways in which nursing students use information that is gained about patients in the course of caring for them, as material for their studies. Cain points out that students on nursing courses are frequently asked to keep diaries or journals, write essays, engage in reflection, and bring ‘case histories and situations into classes and seminars for discussion’. As a lecturer and course organizer, I have frequently invited students to share experiences from their practice in class or through written assignments, and I have also used my own experiences as material with which to illustrate my lectures. Cain’s argument that there is a moral obligation to gain consent for the use of such material therefore presents me with food for thought.


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