Nursing and justice as a basic human need

Johnstone, Megan-Jane 2011, Nursing and justice as a basic human need, Nursing philosophy : an international journal for healthcare professionals, vol. 12, no. 1, January 2011, pp. 34-44, doi: 10.1111/j.1466-769X.2010.00459.x.

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Title Nursing and justice as a basic human need
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Journal name Nursing philosophy : an international journal for healthcare professionals
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Season January 2011
Start page 34
End page 44
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011-01
ISSN 1466-7681
Keyword(s) justice
basic human needs
human rights
Summary This paper explores the idea that justice is a basic human need akin to those famously depicted in Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs and, as such, warrants recognition as a core element in representative ideas about nursing. Early nurse theorists positioned the principles and practice of nursing as having their origins in ‘universal human needs’. The principle of deriving nursing care from human needs was thought to provide a guide not only for promoting health, but for preventing disease and illness. The nursing profession has had a longstanding commitment to social justice as a core professional value and ideal, obligating nurses to address the social conditions that undermine people’s health.The idea of justice as a universal human need per se and its possible relationship to people’s health outcomes has, however, not been considered. One reason for this is that justice in nursing discourse has more commonly been associated with law and ethics, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of nurses in relation to individualized patient care and, more recently, changing systems of care to improve health and health outcomes. Although this association is not incorrect, it is incomplete.A key aim of this paper is to redress this oversight and to encourage a broader conceptualization of justice as necessary for human survival, health and development, not merely as a professional value, or legal or ethical principle for guiding human conduct.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1466-769X.2010.00459.x
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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