Social Justice and the Ethics of Care: A Nursing Perspective

  • Jamie L. ShirleyEmail author


Nursing has a key role in promoting positive outcomes for patients who seek AMA discharges. Their practice is informed by professional obligations to social justice and the ethics of care. Nurses can facilitate quality care for these patients by understanding their social context, committing to creative action, providing consistency, collaborating with multiple disciplines, attending to care transitions, planning for the next admission, and engaging in healthcare system design and policy. Ensuring safe, just, and responsive institutions will facilitate improved transitions for patients and more satisfying relationships between patients and professionals.


AMA discharge Care transitions Ethics of care Social justice Patient-centered care Nursing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Nursing and Health StudiesUniversity of Washington BothellBothellUSA

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