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Nursing collectivism 

Nursing collectivism
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Nursing collectivism
Author(s):

Maria Flynn

, and Dave Mercer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198743477.003.0030
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date: 18 October 2018

In ever changing social and political cultures, it is important that nurses are able to work together and support each other in upholding the core values which are important to the profession. Different forms of collective organizations are available for nurses, including professional organizations and trade unions. Despite notional and philosophical differences, workplace practices of the representative organizations tend to be similar, and nurses can accrue particular benefits from membership of a collective. Local organizing strength is often the best predictor of which organization nurses will join, and ultimately collective strength requires mass membership. Professional bodies and trade unions are involved in substantial efforts to maintain strong representation of nurses, and an ultimate goal is the democratization of healthcare workplaces.

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