Does nurses' vulnerability affect their ability to care?

Heaslip, VA ORCID: and Board, M 2012, 'Does nurses' vulnerability affect their ability to care?' , British Journal of Nursing, 21 (15) , pp. 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
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
ISSN: 0966-0461
Depositing User: VA Heaslip
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 11:03
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 11:03

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