Social Perception In Nursing

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(Boundless, 2016) defined social perception as being the first stages where individuals process information so that they can determine other individuals or group’s mind- set and intentions. According to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) (2014), Nursing is the use of clinical judgements when delivering care in order for individuals to improve, maintain or recover health, to cope with health problems, and gain the highest quality of life despite their disease or disability until death. However, it is clear that nurses have not always acted in a manner which complies with their profession. This essay will focus upon the influences of the public’s view on nursing since the occurrence of the MidStaffs Crisis. Nursing has been significantly influenced …show more content…
This demonstrates social perceptions of nurses completely vary; although some individuals do not trust nurses frequently, there are individuals who still do. Ferns and Chojnacka, (2005) stated that a perception of a nurse will be formed in different ways, for example by personal acquaintance, contact during own or some else’s illness and throughout the media. Therefore, those who experienced a lack of care, relatives who witnessed it happen and those who have followed the reports which print the truth of the Midstaff’s Crisis are more likely to have a negative perception of a …show more content…
The RCN responded to the negative image of nursing in the media with the Willis Commission (2012). “It is not the content of the higher education courses, rather the quality of placements and mentoring provided during training” (Triggle, 2012). This demonstrates that there are faults in nursing education due to lack of relevance between theory and practical, suggesting an issue regarding nursing mentors encouraging future nurses to lack compassion. “Insufficient numbers of nursing faculty limit the pool of nurses able to pursue teaching positions and negatively impact the numbers of nurses who are able to do research, which, in turn, dampen the growth of the state of nursing 's knowledge base and limit the advancement of the nursing profession” (Gwyn, 2011). It is apparent that nurses are potentially failing to be compassionate within their practice because staff shortage influences the essentials not being taught, and HealthCare Assistants (HCA’S) being more involved with patient care. Peate (2013) states the public image of a nurse has become “a technocratic, desk bounding manager who delegate patient care to inexperienced care workers”, implying that HCA’s were inexperienced, and perhaps due to their lower level of education, the public’s perception was that HCA’s were not obliged to perform nursing duties

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