Modern nursing fares badly in the UK press according to an article published in JAN by Karen Gillett of King’s College London. In a critical discourse of articles in 11 UK newspapers, Gillett shows how there is a nostalgic view of nursing in the past, while the view of current nursing is poor. This is something that has been noted before by McKenna et al. (2006).
Willis2013). However, this view is regularly propagated, especially – but not exclusively – by the Sunday broadsheet newspapers in the UK, and the solution inevitably involves doing the impossible: turning the clock back.
Gillett K (2014) Nostalgic constructions of nurseeducation in British national newspapers. Journal of Advanced Nursing doi:10.1111/jan.12433
McKenna HP, Thompson DR, Watson R, Norman IJ (2006) The good old days of nurse training: rose tinted or jaundiced view? International Journal of Nursing Studies 43, 135-137
Willis P (2013) Quality with compassion: the future of nursing education Royal College of Nursing, London