The Changing Nature of Nursing in a Managerial Age

  • ID: 2223512
  • Book
  • 196 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Nursing as an occupation, nursing is perceived by some as an emergent profession and by others as a managed service. For the former group, the key to quality improvement in nursing is to develop and promote that professionalism. For the latter group, the success of nursing as an occupation depends on its ability to colonise senior positions within the management hierarchy of health services.
This text takes a fresh view on the debate at the heart of nursing. It considers the future for nursing within health care and social care and how it needs to adjust to its changing status and power in the context of social and health policy. The book is organised into four sections. The first sets forth an ideal vision of nursing as a profession with ′caring′ as its core feature. The second section outlines threats to nursing as a caring profession posed by a managerial agenda within health care and social care services. The third and fourth sections reconsider the ideals and realities of professional nursing in the context of managerialism and the changing culture of health care provision.
Key Features:

provides current perspectives on nursing

adopts a thematic approach

forward looking as well as reflective of nursing′s past

relevant to all care settings

This book makes a major contribution to current thinking about the nature of nursing as an occupation and its relevance and particular contribution to human well being. It should find a wide and appreciative audience among nurses and students, as well as other health care and social care professionals, and those involved in health service planning.
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Preface; List of Contributors; Section 1 – Setting the scene: Nursing in a managerial age; Section 2 – Nursing the ideal: Idealised caring: the heart of nursing; An analysis of caring; Section 3 – Nursing in a Managerial Age: The growth of managerialism and its impact on nursing and the NHS; Nursing skill: potential or dilution; The organisation of nursing work; Education for nursing: preparation for professional practice; Section 4 – Nursing the reality: Nursing as caring revisited; Opportunities in a managerial age; Index.
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It brings us right up–to–date with the changing power bases brought about by the introduction of primary care groups and clinical governance.

Any nurse, midwife or health visitor who has spent the past few years experiencing rather than analysing the changing nature of their jobs will find lots to identify with here. Students should find it a very useful resource. And managers and health service planners who would like to – or perhaps need to – know how nursing and nurses tick would do well to give this their attention.

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