Concept of Courage

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Moral Courage in Healthcare: Acting Ethically Even in the Presence of Risk Colonel John S. Murray, PhD, RN, USAF, NC

Summary
This article talks about the act of ethical and unethical behavior and the ways that they are and should be dealt with in the healthcare environment. Murray goes on to explain the story of a woman who worked as a nurse at a hospital. She saw unethical behavior, which she reported to a higher nurse and they basically said that she shouldn’t bother with it. They claim that these types of people have something he likes to call ‘moral courage’. Briefly describing his definition of moral courage, he says that it is the act of one standing up for their ethical beliefs. He shows people how to detect a person with moral courage based on what you can see of them when they are forced to face an ethical dilemma; going on to also state the development of ethical courage in the face of a sever ethical dilemma. He also goes on to talk about the need for moral people in the healthcare environment. Along with the many charts he shows for critical checkpoints and inhibitors of moral courage, he has a lot of information that proves his point of a different kind of courage, that is moral courage.

References
Murray, J.S., (Sept 30, 2010) "Moral Courage in Healthcare: Acting Ethically Even in the Presence of Risk" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 15, No. 3, Manuscript 2.
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