In praise of open‐mindedness

In praise of open‐mindedness To be open‐minded is to be open to the possibility that one might be wrong about—and consequently willing to amend—any one of one's opinions, beliefs, values, commitments, views and so on; however strongly those opinions, beliefs, values, commitments, views and so on are held. In the practice of nursing, open‐mindedness would also seem to require that a nurse be open to the possibility that she or he may be wrong to act in such a such a way—and therefore willing to act differently—in any one of her or his actions, at least where those actions arise from her or his opinions, beliefs, values, commitments, views and so on; and at least where those actions are related to nursing practice. And while most of us would like to claim to be open‐minded (who, after all, wants to declare themselves as being, e.g., closed‐minded?), the extent to which any one of us is willing to amend our opinions, beliefs, values, commitments, views and so on (hereafter “opinions etcetera”) or to change our actions that subsequently arise from our opinions etcetera will demonstrate how far we are or are not open‐minded.Does it matter whether or not a nurse is open‐minded? What is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing Philosophy Wiley

In praise of open‐mindedness

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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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Copyright © 2018 JohnWiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN
1466-7681
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1466-769X
D.O.I.
10.1111/nup.12208
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Abstract

To be open‐minded is to be open to the possibility that one might be wrong about—and consequently willing to amend—any one of one's opinions, beliefs, values, commitments, views and so on; however strongly those opinions, beliefs, values, commitments, views and so on are held. In the practice of nursing, open‐mindedness would also seem to require that a nurse be open to the possibility that she or he may be wrong to act in such a such a way—and therefore willing to act differently—in any one of her or his actions, at least where those actions arise from her or his opinions, beliefs, values, commitments, views and so on; and at least where those actions are related to nursing practice. And while most of us would like to claim to be open‐minded (who, after all, wants to declare themselves as being, e.g., closed‐minded?), the extent to which any one of us is willing to amend our opinions, beliefs, values, commitments, views and so on (hereafter “opinions etcetera”) or to change our actions that subsequently arise from our opinions etcetera will demonstrate how far we are or are not open‐minded.Does it matter whether or not a nurse is open‐minded? What is

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Nursing PhilosophyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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