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Open-mindedness: a virtue for professional practice.

Sellman, Derek


Derek Sellman


This paper introduces the notion of open-mindedness before proceeding to outline its value to the practical activity of nursing. An argument is constructed to point to the desirability of the development of a virtue of open-mindedness in nurses in order to complement evidence-based practice. Attention is drawn to two failures of open-mindedness (the vices of closed-mindedness and credulousness), which have the potential both to restrict autonomous practice and to cause harm.


Sellman, D. (2003). Open-mindedness: a virtue for professional practice. Nursing Philosophy, 4(1), 17-24.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2003
Journal Nursing philosophy : an international journal for healthcare professionals
Print ISSN 1466-7681
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 17-24
Keywords open-minded, nursing
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Additional Information Additional Information : This paper identifies open-mindedness as an essential aspiration for nurses pursuing evidence-based practice. An analysis of what it means to be open-minded is followed by a critical discussion on some of the logical and conceptual difficulties of being open-minded.

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