Journal of Professional Nursing

It May Be Legal but Is It Right?

Cathy Andrew, RCpN, BA, MCNA (NZ) Senior Academic Staff Member Faculty of Health and Sciences Christchurch Polytechnic 

Reference:  Andrew, C. (1997) It May Be Legal but Is It Right? Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 12(3), 4-9.


Moral blindness occurs when a health professional, “upon encountering a moral problem, simply does not see it as a moral problem” (Johnstone, 1994, p.163). 

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