Conduct of Care, The: Understanding Nursing Practice

Author: Joanna Latimer


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  • ISBN: 9780632055753
  • Author: Joanna Latimer
  • Publ Date: 2000-08-02
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 192
  • Imprint: BLACKWELL *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 6612

Table of Contents :

Setting the Scene: The complexity of Nursing Practice; Organisation of Care Within the Hospital Setting; Organising Ward Life; The Nursing-Medical Relation: Moving Patients Through the Medical Domain; Nurses' Conduct: Initiating Patients into the Social Organisation of the Medical Domain; Assessing Patients' Needs; Bedside Care and the Visibility of Nurses' Work.


This book draws attention to how nurses organize ward life. In addition to revealing the enormous range of skills that make up the nursing practice, the analysis details how nurses' conduct does more than deliver care to the individual patients. This book evokes the complexity of nursing practice in today's health service. It widens the debate about the delivery of nursing care by examining, in detail, the daily activities of nurses in the hospital setting, and reflecting on patients' experience and care. Information on how current care is organized, where the tensions lie and the issues that make change difficult to implement are included. The text also gives suggestions on how future care could be organized.


"Latimer's conclusions are an interesting addition to a sociology of health care systems. Reading the book challenges assumptions about the ideal and pragmatic purpose of health care systems. Challenging assumptions is important to maintaing a critical stance toward our work." Research Headlines ..".Joanna Latimer provides a refreshingly honest and fascinating insight into contemporary nursing in acute services...this exposing and challenging text should probably be compulsory reading for all health care professionals." Nursing Standard "This powerful study is frighteningly honest about the problem of poor communication among health care workers and how it can have a profound effect on quality of care. For nursing students and those who are studying the concept of care delivery, this book will be illuminating." Nursing Times ..".should certainly be ready by hospital and community nurses alike and by all professionals..." Ageing and Society


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