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Conflicts of interest: Fragmenting nursing (Keynote Speech)

Lipscomb, Martin


Martin Lipscomb


Nursing is, as a profession, often portrayed or described as a homogenous and stable entity. This presentation argues otherwise. It is suggested that, in the 21st century, the profession of nursing may well splinter as fragmentary pressures make themselves felt. To justify and develop these claims the concept of 'interest' is introduced. It is proposed that while intra-professional divergences in interests are widely recognised within the nursing literature, the significance and implications of divergent interests are rarely acknowledged or explored. Emphasising the heterogeneous and potentially unstable nature of nursing generates questions about professional identity as well as the role, place and limits of critique in nursing.


Lipscomb, M. (2012, September). Conflicts of interest: Fragmenting nursing (Keynote Speech). Presented at 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference

Presentation Conference Type Keynote
Conference Name 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference
Start Date Sep 10, 2012
End Date Sep 12, 2012
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords conflicts of interest, nursing
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Nursing in the 21st Century

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