Recent commentators have suggested that academic knowledge is irrelevant to nursing practice and may actually underrmine nursing's traditional caring ethos.
Furthermore, by making nursing more academic, it is claimed that'natural'but non-academic carers are prevented from pursuing a career in nursing.
Debates about the relationship between nursing, knowledge and practice have a long history and have to be understood in terms of wider political and economic issues relating to nursing, its status within society and the changing role of nurses within the health services division of labour.
One crucial issue is nursing's status as women's work.
Critics of developments in nurse education draw an ideological equation between nursing work and the traditional female role.
From this perspective the qualities that make a good nurse cannot be taught, rather they are founded on'natural'feminine skills.
Irrespective of whether caring is'natural'or not, it is questionable as to whether, for today's nurses, being caring is sufficient.
The shape of nursing jurisdiction is a long way removed from its origins in the Victorian middle-class household.
In addition to their traditional caring role, comtemporary nurses may also have complex clinical, management and research responsibilities, as well as being crucial co-ordinators of service provision.
It is suggested that these and future developments in health services make the need for an educated nursing workforce even more pressing. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Personnel sanitaire, Travailleur social, Infirmier, Travail, Pratique professionnelle, Médecin, Formation professionnelle, Formation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health staff, Social worker, Nurse, Labour, Professional practice, Physician, Occupational training, Formation
Notice produite par :
ORS Auvergne - Observatoire Régional de la Santé d'Auvergne
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 21/07/1998.