ArticleRelational Practice and Nursing ObligationsDoane, Gweneth Hartrick PhD, RN; Varcoe, Colleen PhD, RNAuthor Information School of Nursing, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Corresponding Author: Gweneth Hartrick Doane, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8W 2Y2 ([email protected]). Advances in Nursing Science: July 2007 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 192-205 doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000286619.31398.fc Buy Metrics Abstract Nursing relationships and the enactment of nursing values and goals in contemporary healthcare contexts are becoming increasingly challenging. Using a relational inquiry lens, the authors examine the interface of relationships, ethics, and effective nursing practice and the way in which personal and contextual elements continuously influence and shape nursing relationships in many ways. The nursing obligations underpinning relational practice are examined, and the way in which relational inquiry can enhance nurses' ability to navigate through the highly complex, multifaceted, and contextually dependent moments of contemporary nursing practice is illustrated. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.