"Our discussions of the future of nursing were further inspired by an editorial and subsequent debate in the International Journal of Nursing Studies regarding the lost art of caring in nursing (Corbin 2008, Flatley & Bridges 2008, Griffiths 2008, Maben 2008). Corbin (2008 p.164) questions if the quest for professional recognition has led nurses 'to devalue the more mundane tasks that nurses used to do routinely' and whether, as a result of a lack of engagement with sick people, we have lost the essence of what nursing is. "
"Health care professionals are being challenged to work differently with different people and in different ways. This requires nurses to reframe their professional identity (Griffiths, 2008; McKenna et al., 2006). Drivers for the modernised delivery of health care are increasingly distancing the registered practitioner from direct patient care into roles that favour leadership and the directing of care provision (Department of Health, 2006). "
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