This book sets the historical, ethical, cultural and political contexts for the debate and develops a coherent analysis of the period of fundamental change in the nursing profession between 1980 and 2000. Parliamentary debates, professional and governmental reports, documents and studies, as well as opinions expressed in nursing and medical journals, illuminate this period of nursing.
The review sets out to be both comprehensive and systematic, and there are no intentional omissions. Comment is kept to a minimum in order to allow the evidence to speak for itself and so enable the reader make his or her own judgement on the evidence presented.
The background and context for change.
The end of the apprenticeship tradition.
The autonomous practitioner.
Statutory and educational changes 1982–986.
Educating for competence.
Nurse education 1985–1999.
Vocation and new nursing roles 1990–1999.
Shortages of nurses and concerns over the quality of patient care 1994–1999.
Parliamentary reaction to Project 2000 and the nursing system 1990–2000.
The paradox of nursing at the year 2000.