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Professional nursing values 

Professional nursing values
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Professional nursing values
Author(s):

Maria Flynn

, and Dave Mercer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198743477.003.0001
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date: 17 October 2019

Health policy, legislation, and changing health priorities have always impacted on the way adult nursing is organized and delivered, and in the twenty-first century, the dominant discourse of professional nursing practice has shifted from one of ‘delivering nursing care’ to ‘working with people’. Across all service sectors, the way nurses work with people is shaped by professional and legal requirements and ethical principles and by their own personal values and beliefs. This chapter outlines the key features of the statutory framework in which UK nurses operate and also highlights the key values and responsibilities which underpin professional nursing practices.

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