The demise of nursing in the united kingdom: a warning for medicine

Shields, L. and Watson, R. (2007) The demise of nursing in the united kingdom: a warning for medicine. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 100 2: 70-74. doi:10.1258/jrsm.100.2.70

Author Shields, L.
Watson, R.
Title The demise of nursing in the united kingdom: a warning for medicine
Journal name Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-0768
Publication date 2007-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/jrsm.100.2.70
Volume 100
Issue 2
Start page 70
End page 74
Total pages 5
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd.
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 321199 Nursing not elsewhere classified
730302 Nursing
Formatted abstract
The 19th century teaches us that nurses must be central to the running of all aspects of hospitals, not just those areas deemed appropriate by the medical profession. This will require not only improved nursing leadership but also enhanced opportunities for nurses to realise their potential through education and training.1 (p. 1396)

Medicine without nursing is an untenable concept: doctors could not practice without highly educated, knowledgeable and competent nurses as part of the health care team. In the UK, nursing is under threat and could pass away, to be replaced by technicians, minimally educated health care assistants and unqualified health workers. Under the influence of pecuniary motives within the NHS, nursing as a role in health care is changing to encompass boundaries which have never been a part of a true nursing role before.

Consequently, medical practice will be affected, and patient care compromised. Some senior nurses are apprehensive about these changes and believe medicine should be equally concerned. This comments paper outlines such arguments, with the aim of enlisting medical colleagues to help in the debate.
Q-Index Code C1
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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