Title

Injustice, Suffering, Difference: How Can Community Health Nursing Address the Suffering of Others?

Publication Date

2013

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Social justice brings to life the purpose of public health—improving a population's overall health and well-being. Critiques of the concept demonstrate that social justice is inconsistently defined and rarely is acted upon, and continuation of these injustices constitutes a form of suffering. Seeing one's self as disconnected from others makes their suffering normal. Viewing others from an ethical, moral, and human rights perspective helps one understand that the well-being of the self and the individual rests on the well-being of the collective other; this obligates each person to ameliorate and, if possible, prevent the suffering of others.

Publication Title

Journal of Community Health Nursing

Volume

30

Issue

1

First Page

49

Last Page

58

DOI

10.1080/07370016.2013.750212

Version

pre-print, post-print with 12-month embargo, no publisher's pdf

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