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Perspective: What’s in a name?

Perspective: What’s in a name?
Perspective: What’s in a name?
Concern has been growing in the nursing world about the potential misuse of the title ‘nurse’. The debate came to a head following publication of analysis of advanced and specialist nurses, and the discovery that a significant number of posts in the NHS have titles such as ‘Advanced Nurse Practitioner’ or ‘Specialist Nurse’ but the post-holders were not registered nurses (Leary et al. 2017). When a new nursing support role was proposed in England, the title was a matter of dispute. The title ‘associate nurse’ was rejected, with the profession arguing that the new role should be referred to as ‘nursing associate’.

Is it professional pedantry to insist that these roles are not ‘nurses’, or an important point of principle? What’s in a name?

Alan Borthwick places the debate about professional titles in a sociological context and uses the example of titles in podiatry to reflect on the role and significance of professional titles. This is followed by a response that offers a nursing perspective on professional titles.
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375-379
Borthwick, Alan
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Ball, Jane
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Borthwick, Alan and Ball, Jane (2018) Perspective: What’s in a name? Journal of Research in Nursing, 23 (4), 375-379. (doi:10.1177/1744987118779437).

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Concern has been growing in the nursing world about the potential misuse of the title ‘nurse’. The debate came to a head following publication of analysis of advanced and specialist nurses, and the discovery that a significant number of posts in the NHS have titles such as ‘Advanced Nurse Practitioner’ or ‘Specialist Nurse’ but the post-holders were not registered nurses (Leary et al. 2017). When a new nursing support role was proposed in England, the title was a matter of dispute. The title ‘associate nurse’ was rejected, with the profession arguing that the new role should be referred to as ‘nursing associate’.

Is it professional pedantry to insist that these roles are not ‘nurses’, or an important point of principle? What’s in a name?

Alan Borthwick places the debate about professional titles in a sociological context and uses the example of titles in podiatry to reflect on the role and significance of professional titles. This is followed by a response that offers a nursing perspective on professional titles.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 6 June 2018
Published date: June 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 423079
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/423079
ISSN: 1744-9871
PURE UUID: 9b24fccc-7084-420c-903c-fc946d3c57ef
ORCID for Jane Ball: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8655-2994

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Date deposited: 13 Aug 2018 16:31
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:35

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