Analysing poor nursing care in hospitals in England: The policy challenge

Alistair Hewison, Yvonne Sawbridge

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There have been several high profile reports of poor nursing care in hospitals in England of late. Criticism of nursing has also featured prominently in the popular media. This paper examines the complex mix of contributory factors that have created this situation, and identifies the issues that need to be addressed if policy making in this area is to improve the situation. Action is required in a number of areas, including: strengthening ward leadership, introducing measures such as ‘intentional rounding’, and acknowledging the ‘emotional labour’ of caring, however many recommendations have centred on the education of nurses and seemingly overlooked these other crucial issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-48
Number of pages15
JournalRecherche et Formation: pour les professions de l'education
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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