Nursing EthicsReinvesting in Social Justice: A Capital Idea for Public Health Nursing?Drevdahl, Denise RN, PhD; Kneipp, Shawn M. ARNP, PhD; Canales, Mary K. RN, PhD; Dorcy, Kathleen Shannon RN, MN Author Information Assistant Professor; Nursing Program; University of Washington Tacoma; Tacoma, Washington Assistant Professor; College of Nursing; University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida Assistant Professor; School of Nursing; University of Vermont; Burlington, Vermont Senior Lecturer; Nursing Program; University of Washington Tacoma; Tacoma, Washington A version of this article was presented at the American Public Health Association meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts, in November 2000. Advances in Nursing Science: December 2001 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 19-31 Buy Abstract Social justice is a core ethical principle of public health nursing; yet, nurses' work as social activists has largely diminished over the past century. Reengagement in social justice activities is essential to change the current social, economic, and health differentials perpetuated by market justice ideologies. Social capital has emerged in the public health literature as a promising concept for developing community interventions that diminish disparities. Public health nurses, however, must be wary of uncritically adopting social capital as a panacea for inequalities; advocating for interventions seeking to build social capital may be as harmful as the inequalities themselves. © 2001 Aspen Publishers, Inc.