Caring after Francis: moral failure in nursing reconsidered

Traynor, Michael ORCID logoORCID: (2014) Caring after Francis: moral failure in nursing reconsidered. Journal of Research in Nursing, 19 (7-8) . pp. 546-556. ISSN 1744-9871 [Article] (doi:10.1177/1744987114557106)

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This discussion paper considers recent nursing failures. Drawing on a selection of key literature and on-going research, it argues that nursing failures are a possibly inevitable consequence of work in healthcare systems with their combination of cognitive, bureaucratic, professional and work related pressures. It also argues that nursing has a residual tendency to be viewed as primarily character-based moral work and that this can encourage understandings of causes of failures and their solutions in similar terms i.e. as moral failures of caring requiring recruitment of those with the appropriate characters. Drawing on on-going research with those training for the profession at an English university, it suggests that while the profession focuses on the recruitment of those with a ‘caring’ orientation it has not developed an adequate explanation to support new recruits in understanding the causes of inadequate practice. This leaves those entering the profession without a strong model with which to understand their own work or its failures what I refer to as ‘critical resilience’.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): nursing, workforce, United Kingdom, focus groups, post-Francis, workforce, professional identity, student nurses, resilience
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 14042
Notes on copyright: Traynor M. Caring after Francis: moral failure in nursing reconsidered. Journal of Research in Nursing. 2014;19(7-8):546-556. Copyright © 2014 The Author(s). DOI:
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Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 16:13
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