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Making Time for Reflexive Dialogue in Philosophical Group Discussion: Extending the Debate on the Militarization of Nursing

Springer, Rusla Anne PhD; Kent-Wilkinson, Arlene PhD; Ewashen, Carol PhD; Ali, Ruth MN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182807780
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In the 2010 July-September issue of Advances in Nursing Science, Perron et al offered a persuasive and substantive account of the troubling incursion of military speech into nursing practice and education. The article proved contentious, resulting in accusations of fallacious misrepresentation. This article extends the philosophical debate initiated by Perron et al on the militarization of nursing and the war on terror and offers the perspectives of members of a philosophical discussion group who took up the challenge to engage in critical debate and dialogue on the ways in which external organizations penetrate nursing education, practice, and knowledge.

College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Drs Springer and Kent-Wilkinson), and Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Alberta (Dr Ewashen and Ms Ali), Canada.

Correspondence: Rusla Anne Springer, PhD, University of Saskatchewan, 1121 College Dr, Rm 309, St Andrew's College Bldg, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 0W3 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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