Edited extract of The Nursing Lecture 1978, given on the occasion of the Rcn's Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh on 8 November 1978. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Home and Health Department.
Nursing in a changing society*
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 4, Issue 3, pages 287–298, May 1979
How to Cite
Auld, M. G. (1979), Nursing in a changing society. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 4: 287–298. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1979.tb03009.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 8 November 1978
In this paper the technological, demographic, social and disease-pattern changes in British society are considered and their implications for the nursing and health services discussed.
The influences of major nursing reports as well as the consequences of the growth of professionalism in nursing and the potential outcome of the spread of political consciousness among nurses are also highlighted.
Nurses are admonished to come to terms with the ‘real’ diseases of today; those resulting from affluence and senescence.
Although conceding that nurses have unique and professional roles, a plea is made for the importance of good team work in health care.
The paper ends with the recognition that by building up the body of knowledge of nursing, not only will the planning of nursing care be enhanced but also the ability to change as the needs of society change.