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GHIZONI SCHNEIDER, Dulcinéia  and  SOUZA RAMOS, Flávia Regina. Speeches given on nursing ethical processes: supporting elements analysis. Index Enferm [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.4, pp.262-266. ISSN 1132-1296.

Main goal: analyzing the supporting elements of ethical - professional discourses, from an exemplary case of a judged ethical process. Methodology: Qualitative study with documentary, descriptive and exploratory design, having as a source the ethical procedures conducted and filed at the Regional Council of Nursing / SC (Brazil), between 1999 and 2007. Main results: the exemplary case selected (ethical - professional responsibility) is representative from professional discourses that are present in ethical processes, in their supporting elements (statements, rules and practices) and describes references used by practitioners to justify their moral decisions or give legitimacy to the speeches triggered in those judgments. Main conclusion: discourses' supporting elements, articulated in the analytical -empirical model, are interesting for giving visibility to the intricacies of moral deliberation processes, and also, for providing a general design of ethical processes in their ability to "talk to" and "talk about" nursing.

Keywords : Ethics in nursing; Ethical process.

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