Nursing EthicsNursing Ethics in an Era of GlobalizationAustin, Wendy RN, PhDAuthor Information Associate Professor; Faculty of Nursing; University of Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta The author acknowledges the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research's support of this work through a research fellowship. Advances in Nursing Science: December 2001 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 1-18 Buy SDC Abstract We live in an era of globalization in which our essential interdependence is increasingly revealed. Transportation and communication technology plus worldwide health, environmental, and security risks and a world economy driven by transnational corporations are connecting us in a new kind of way. Incredible advances in biotechnology, the pressing demands of equity and justice in resource allocation, and the need for a universal perspective in health ethics are some of the issues challenging our moral imagination in significant ways. Nurses need to ask themselves: What changes for nursing ethics when the global—not the local—becomes the dominant frame of reference? © 2001 Aspen Publishers, Inc.