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The Legal and Professional Status of Nursing
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This new book addresses the questions: "What is the legal status of the registered nurse, what is the nurse's role and what are the nurse's professional, political and clinical responsibilities and duties?" The text is divided into five parts, each of which looks at an aspect of the complexity of the conflicting images of the nurse in the law. - Includes the history of nursing's professional development - All the images are interwoven to create the social and legal realities of the nurses' lives in practice
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Foreward. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Table of Cases. Table of Statutes. Part 1: Searching for the 'true' Status of the Nurse. 1 - One nurse, four hearings, five images. 2 - Pulling the images apart. Part 2: Images of women in the workforce. 3 - The nurse as ministering angel. 4 - Introducing the nurses as a domestic worker. 5 - The nurse as domestic worker. Part 3: Medical domination. 6 - The nurse as the doctor's handmaiden. 7 - The nurse as a subordinate professional. Part 4: Towards autonomy. 8 - Autonomy in regulation and management. 9 - Autonomy in knowledge and education. 10 - Autonomy in clinical decision making. Part 5: Living in a legal and professional shadow land. 11 - Bringing the images together. 12 - Speaking out from the shadows. Appendix: The five images of the nurse. References. Index.

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