The Center for Nursing Philosophy (CNP) announces its third Nursing Philosophy Reading Group series.

The third reading group series will be led by Jessica Dillard-Wright, assistant professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and past CNP student/new faculty fellow. It will be co-facilitated by Miriam Bender, associate professor at University of California Irvine and director of the CNP. The series will focus on nursing ethics.

In a healthcare landscape that is increasingly complex in which people require higher and higher acuity care, the question of ethics — schemas by which we make decisions and build the world around us — is one of central importance for nursing. Nursing has a long tradition of ethics, though this has been supplanted in many ways by bioethics. However, there are other possibilities for thinking about ethics in nursing. The object of this reading group is to examine bioethics as well as other modes of ethical inquiry, apply them to nursing, and interrogate the goodness of fit of these modes for nursing.

A key tension to guide our reading in ethics for nursing is the dialectic of what we uphold as our values and what we [can/will/must] do. In week one, readings and discussion will focus on what ethics is and how it works. Week two takes a topical turn, examining ethics in the context of social justice and the pandemic. Week three concludes with a close reading of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics and readings that engage radical possibilities for nursing ethics.

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Series details

The series will have three sessions, each lasting 90 minutes, where we will discuss two selected readings. Sessions are on Saturdays (Oct. 22, Nov. 12, Dec. 10) from 10-11:30 a.m. PST.

The reading group is specifically targeted to nursing PhD students from any country. Attendance will be capped at 30 students. We hope all registrants will be able to commit to all three sessions. Registration is first come, first serve. Register today ›

Session dates & times

Session 1, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. PST

Session 2, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. PST

  • Braidotti, R. (2020). “We” Are In This Together, But We Are Not One and the Same. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 17(4), 465–469.
  • Mbembe, A., & Shread, C. (trans.). (2020, April 13). The Universal Right to Breathe. In the Moment.
  • Thorne, S. (2014). Nursing as social justice: A case for emancipatory disciplinary theorizing. In P. Kagan, M. Smith, & P. L. Chinn (Eds.), Philosophies and practices of emancipatory nursing (pp. 70–90). Routledge.

Session 3, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. PST

  • American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of Ethics PDF. ANA.
  • Paynter, M., Jefferies, K., Carrier, L., & Goshin, L. (2022). Feminist abolitionist nursing. Advances in Nursing Science, 45(1), 53.
  • Dillard‐Wright, J. (2022). A radical imagination for nursing: Generative insurrection, creative resistance. Nursing Philosophy, 23(1), e12371.


Contact Jess Dillard-Wright or Miriam Bender.