12. The management of nursing care

According to the ethics of caring there is an ethical dimension which is intrinsic to any care act, and this enriches the discourse of health ethics and helps us to view it from the perspective of the health service user, patient or family receiving care. The way in which nurses care proposes a concept of what has to be done and how it has to be implemented, and becomes particularly important if we genuinely want to focus our care model on the patient or service user. In the organization of a health service, we must consider the basic principles of professional care as a minimum standard which has the same importance as the basic principles of treating illnesses.