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Evangelism in Patient Care

An Ethical Analysis

Fowler, Marsha D.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000622
Feature: practice/education

ABSTRACT: Evangelism has been present in modern nursing care from the days of Nightingale in the Crimea. Even so, there is little in the way of ethical analysis and guidance regarding evangelism in healthcare. This article examines Nightingale's concern about evangelism in nursing care; discusses the boundaries established by the 2015 American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements; and analyzes ethical issues including vocation, power, vulnerability and voluntariness, religious diversity, spiritual care, harm, and the Great Commission. Within the context of ethical analysis, broad guidelines are provided for nurses in clinical practice.

Marsha D. Fowler, PhD, MDiv, MS, RN, FAAN, FRSA, is professor of Ethics and Spirituality, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California. She is past-chair of the ANA Ethics Committee and is a member of the Expert Panel on ethics, American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Fowler served as Historian and Code Scholar, and colead writer for the revision of the ANA Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements, 2015. She authored Guide to the Code of Ethics: Development, Interpretation, and Application (ANA, 2015), and edited Religion, Religious Ethics and Nursing (Springer).

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 07/09/2018.

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