By Ann Marie Rafferty, Jane Robinson
A quiet revolution has been sweeping during the writing of nursing heritage during the last decade, reworking it right into a powerful and reflective sector of scholarship. Nursing historical past and the Politics of Welfare highlights the numerous contribution that learning nursing historical past has to make in settling a brand new highbrow and political time table for nurses.The seventeen overseas members to this publication examine nursing from assorted views, because it has constructed less than assorted regimes and ideologies and at assorted occasions, in the USA, Australia, Britain, Germany, India, The Phillipines and South Africa. They spotlight the position of politics and gender in figuring out nursing historical past and suggest recommendations for attaining better reputation for nursing, and bringing it into line with different comparable well-being care professions.
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The article was headlined, ‘Florence Nightingale turns in her grave’. 3 For the role of nurses as ‘frontline providers of clinical PHC services’ and more generally for the importance of PHC in the government’s health plans, see Restructuring the National Health System for Universal Primary Health Care. Report of the Committee of Inquiry into a National Health Insurance System, Pretoria, Department of Health, 1995, 3 vols. The italics are in the orginal phrase, in vol. I, Executive Summary, p. 6.
Black nurses’ strikes from the 1980s onwards had been met with almost identical banner headlines and photographs. 7 There were, of course, specific reasons for the eruption of anger by the nurses and the form it took in August 1995. Yet the anger was neither new nor unpredictable. 8 Everywhere, transformations in the health care system and escalating health care costs, together with the consequent shift in the locus of decision-making to a new managerial bureaucracy, as well as changing social expectations and political values, have contributed to an intense debate about the profession’s future.
The dualisms in South Africa’s health services —between primary health care for the poor and private health care for the better off; between superior doctors and inferior nurses; between a powerful professional elite and a powerless majority of less qualified carers—continue to bedevil the profession, as do the gendered stereotypes associated with these dualisms, as some nursing leaders attempt to find an identity for the embattled profession through a return to the concept of ‘caring’ as a specific female attribute, as opposed to the ‘male’ ‘academic’ model of the nurse practitioner.