Caring after Francis: moral failure in nursing reconsidered

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Traynor, M. 2014. Caring after Francis: moral failure in nursing reconsidered. Journal of Research in Nursing. 19 (7-8), pp. 546-556. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987114557106
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TitleCaring after Francis: moral failure in nursing reconsidered
AuthorsTraynor, M.
Abstract

This discussion paper considers recent nursing failures. Drawing on a selection of key literature and on-going research, it argues that nursing failures are a possibly inevitable consequence of work in healthcare systems with their combination of cognitive, bureaucratic, professional and work related pressures. It also argues that nursing has a residual tendency to be viewed as primarily character-based moral work and that this can encourage understandings of causes of failures and their solutions in similar terms i.e. as moral failures of caring requiring recruitment of those with the appropriate characters. Drawing on on-going research with those training for the profession at an English university, it suggests that while the profession focuses on the recruitment of those with a ‘caring’ orientation it has not developed an adequate explanation to support new recruits in understanding the causes of inadequate practice. This leaves those entering the profession without a strong model with which to understand their own work or its failures what I refer to as ‘critical resilience’.

Keywordsnursing, workforce, United Kingdom, focus groups, post-Francis, workforce, professional identity, student nurses, resilience
PublisherSage
JournalJournal of Research in Nursing
ISSN1744-9871
Electronic1744-988X
Publication dates
Print01 Dec 2014
Online03 Dec 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Jan 2015
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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Traynor M. Caring after Francis: moral failure in nursing reconsidered. Journal of Research in Nursing. 2014;19(7-8):546-556. Copyright © 2014 The Author(s). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987114557106

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987114557106
LanguageEnglish
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