Bringing Codes to Newcastle
One should admit to some frank embarrassment when writing about the need to codify the ethical elements of work as a clinical ethicist. In its early years, bioethics itself was concerned about providing a critique of the impedimenta of medical ethics: the existing code of ethics, the Hippocratic Oath, and the posited mentality that perceived ethics as a matter of adherence to well-worn homily. Some of this critique was misguided, revolutionary fervor, but much of it was on the mark; and what I shall have to say may be vulnerable to it.
KeywordsClinical Ethicist Professional Status Unethical Practice Hippocratic Oath Base Discipline
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- 1.I rely here on Ernest Greenwood (1982) “Attributes of a Profession,” Moral Responsibility and the Professions, B. Freedman and B. Baumrin (eds.), Haven, New York, NY, pp. 20–33. Greenwood is representing a tradition of sociological literature on the professions rather than introducing a novel understanding.Google Scholar
- 2.See Preamble, Code of Ethics for Nursing (1985), Canadian Nurses Association, Ottawa, pp. 1–3.Google Scholar