Does nurses' vulnerability affect their ability to care?

Heaslip, V. and Board, M., 2012. Does nurses' vulnerability affect their ability to care? Br J Nurs, 21, 912 - 916 .

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Recent reports from the Department of Health (2008), the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (2011) and the Commission on Dignity in Care for Older People (2012) have been highly critical regarding the care that some patients have experienced. They have highlighted that fundamental aspects of care are missing resulting in a lack of high quality individualised nursing care, which is in contrast with holistic nursing philosophy. We have to ask ourselves what is happening within nursing, as many enter the profession owing to a desire to 'make a difference'. Drawing on focus group data exploring perceptions of caring for residents with dementia in a care home setting, the authors found that nurses and healthcare assistants experience a mutual vulnerability with patients. This paper explores whether this mutual vulnerability could lead to nurses focusing on the clinical aspects of their role to the detriment of the compassionate, caring components of nursing.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0966-0461
Uncontrolled Keywords:Focus Groups ; Great Britain ; Humans ; Nurses ; Nursing ; Quality of Health Care
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Wellbeing and Quality of Life
ID Code:20505
Deposited By:Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:07 Nov 2012 16:40
Last Modified:07 Nov 2012 16:40

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