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Provides students with insights into key contemporary debates and events to demonstrate the relevance of sociology and its practical application to modern nursing. This textbook helps student nurses make the leap from a narrow focus on the physical problems of their patients to a broader understanding of the whole person and the contexts of care which will help them succeed as compassionate nurses. Written directly for nurses, it focuses on the individuals and families in their care, the organisations they work in, and the factors which affect their practice. Key features include: * Case studies and scenarios to help students relate sociology to real life examples * Reflection points to help students critically engage with the discussion * Learning outcomes and chapter summaries for revision * Definitions of key terms in each chapter

Leadership and management
Leadership and management
Michael Traynor

In this chapter we consider how sociological theory can help us understand issues related to leadership and management in nursing, midwifery and the National Health Service (NHS) more broadly.

Consider the following extracts from the Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Francis, 2013):

It has not escaped the Inquiry’s notice that even since the HCC [Healthcare Commission] report on the [Mid Staffordshire] Trust there have been a series of highly concerning reports of experiences elsewhere containing echoes of what was experienced within the Trust … Even if all the instances contained in the reports just mentioned are in some way isolated ones dependant on particular circumstances, they are suggestive that there ...

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