The development of nursing as an academic discipline is a debateable issue.
For a subject to be defined as a discipline, several different aspects need to be present; a set of values and beliefs, specific knowledge domains, traditions, methods of enquiry and a scholarly community. Nursing has, in recent years, attempted to define its unique characteristics that are not related to traditional academic disciplines, or borrowed from biology, psychology and sociology, and to be considered as an academic discipline its own right. Yet, nursing is also considered to be a profession. Deemed to be vocational, practice-orientated, supported by professional bodies and regulations with specialised education or training, it is a profession that shares a collectivity that is service-orientated and focused on maintaining optimum health and quality of life.
In this lecture, Professor Bach explores the position of nursing as an academic discipline. She considers a specific development in the theoretical maturity of nursing knowledge and discussed the concept of caring.
Ever in the public eye, nurses are often perceived as caring angels. This lecture explores the angelic phenomenon of caring and discovers if nurses rush in where even angels fear to tread.