Future directions for nursing practice examined

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By Marion Witton Peter Morrall, in his book “Mental Health, Nursing and Social Control” (Whurr, £16.50) traces the history of nursing and mental nursing in their quest for professional status in its own right and concludes that, even with some nurses taking on some tasks which have been traditionally performed by doctors, this occupational group is experiencing a reversal of any independence from medicine it could claim to have achieved. Managers of residential care homes and nursing homes, particularly those with a nursing background, have expressed concern about the rise in dependency levels of elderly people, and how those needs can be met. Many of these managers qualified as nurses in the days when training schools were in hospitals and they learned their skills while on the job, day in and day out. The needs of people in residential and nursing homes are now largely met by unqualified care staff and it is a heartfelt lament that what is lacking is the knowledge of basic care – from ensuring people can

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