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global ethics, human rights, nursing ethics, professionalism, transcultural nursing



  1. Crigger, Nancy J. PhD, ARNP-BC
  2. Brannigan, Michael PhD
  3. Baird, Martha ARNP-BC


Globalization is reshaping the world and its people. Nursing, likewise, is in the process of expanding its worldview to one that accommodates global care. The authors further articulate a global ethic for nursing by distinguishing 2 concepts: world citizenship, as described by Martha Nussbaum, which calls nurses to critically evaluate personal and culture-based beliefs, and compassionate professional, which calls nurses to nurture partnerships of mutual respect. It is also important that nursing participate and support professional and international organizations that address social injustices related to healthcare, poverty, and public health.