The Emotional Labour of Nursing Revisited: Can Nurses Still Care?

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As nurses become responsible for increasingly technical service delivery, has
the profession lost its focus on the emotional and human aspects of the role?
Do care and compassion remain at the heart of contemporary nursing practice?

In this major reworking of a classic text, respected author Pam Smith emphasizes
the continued relevance of emotional labour within the modern healthcare
context. Revisiting her original findings in light of fresh theoretical perspectives
and data drawn from her own new research studies, Smith explores the ways
in which the experience of learning nursing and caring is changing in the twentyfirst

A vivid example of the significance of nursing's evidence base, this timely new
■ addresses the most emotionally challenging aspects of the nursing role,
including encountering death and dying on the ward;
■ examines the impact of race, age, gender and violence in providing patientcentred
■ interrogates the importance of the role of practice educators and mentors in
practice settings.

An inspiring text for the next generation of nurses, The Emotional Labour of
Nursing Revisited is an essential read for anyone interested in the contemporary
challenges of keeping the whole person at the centre of their practice.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages248
ISBN (Print)9780230202627
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2012


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