Johns Hopkins Address: Does Nursing Have a Future?
Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 29, Issue 2, pages 111–115, June 1997
How to Cite
Kitson, A. L. (1997), Johns Hopkins Address: Does Nursing Have a Future?. Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 29: 111–115. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1997.tb01539.x
- Issue published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
Purpose: To outline the importance of identifying where nursing is heading as a profession and explore the metaphors it uses to explain its role to society. Current images of nursing are confused. Nurses should articulateb clearly why nursing should be retained as a social force for improving health and meeting the needs of vulnerable people.
Scope: The historical development of nursing considering the metaphors used.
Conclusions: Because of contemporary pressures on nursing, the metaphors used are inconsistent and require interpretation. Nurses should find new metaphors and resolve comlex internal tensions. Unless nursing can articulate its primary function more cogently, it risks extinction.