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Global Voyeurism or Sustainable Ethical Practice?

Finn, Cris PhD, RN, FNP, MS, FNE; Coast, Mary Jo PhD, RN, MPHN

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000170
Original Articles

This is a conceptual article exploring global voyeurism and service, overlaying ethical considerations in service within the profession of forensic nursing. Key elements considered include examining and reflecting on personal motivations, benefits, and consequences of service when viewed through an ethical perspective. Through this article we seek to examine the relationships between poverty tourism and service, while better supporting individual forensic nurses in their quest to align their actions with the ethical and practice comportment standards within the profession of nursing service globally. We include definition of terms, including professional identity, ethics and social justice, poverty tourism and voyeurism, global and professional service, cultural humility, partnerships, and trusting relationships. We conclude with implications, and considerations for forensic nursing.

Author Affiliation: Regis University.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Cris Finn, PhD, RN, FNP, MS, FNE, 18025 Sunburst Dr., Monument, CO 80132. E-mail:

Received May 18, 2016; accepted for publication September 5, 2017.

© 2017 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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