The core business of caring: a nursing oxymoron?

Shields, Linda (2014) The core business of caring: a nursing oxymoron?. Collegian, 21 3: 193-199. doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2013.03.001

Author Shields, Linda
Title The core business of caring: a nursing oxymoron?
Journal name Collegian   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7696
Publication date 2014-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2013.03.001
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 193
End page 199
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Nursing has always regarded caring as its core business. The historical record about caring in nursing is non-specific, and little direct evidence exists about caring as part of nursing. Caring is not restricted to nursing, is possibly influenced by public perceptions of nursing, and can be subverted for maleficent ends. This paper discusses these points, and then moves to explain how caring fares in the Australian health care system. Australia has been blighted by a "cultural cringe" which sees anything from overseas as more valuable than anything Australian. This is as true for nursing, and caring within that, as for any other aspect of Australian life. However, Australia has one of the best health care systems in the world, and nursing as a profession is a world leader. The argument of this paper is that the core business of caring could be under threat in Australia unless nurses recognize their particularly good contribution to the profession and subsequent patient/client care, and celebrate that. Examples are taken from the United Kingdom where there is a crisis of caring within nursing and health. These are used to explain how Australian nursing can avoid the pitfalls and retain caring as its core business.
Keyword Caring
Critical thinking
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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