Working on the front-line: Risk culture and nursing in the new NHS
UNSPECIFIED. (1996) Working on the front-line: Risk culture and nursing in the new NHS. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 44 (3). pp. 416-451. ISSN 0038-0261Full text not available from this repository.
Nursing and midwifery are increasingly marked by risk and uncertainty under the dual impact of patient consumerism and organisational accountability. The omnipresent character of risk in health work. means that it is particularly difficult to manage. Since the practice decisions of today may only he known as problems in the future, risk can never really he forestalled. This means that it is very difficult to close-off risk, but nonetheless imperative to try. Drawing on research conducted in two hospital trusts, this paper explores the strategies that nurses and midwives use in an attempt to colonise the future and protect themselves in the risk culture of the new NHS. It will suggest that although the self-protective strategies that emerge may enhance quality of patient care, they can also generate defensive practices which are in the interests of neither nurses and midwives nor patients.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBL LTD|
|Official Date:||August 1996|
|Number of Pages:||36|
|Page Range:||pp. 416-451|
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