Caring Work, Personal Obligation and Collective Responsibility
Nursing Ethics 2004 January; 11(1): 5-14
Studies of workers in health care and the care of older people disclose tensions that emerge partly from their conflicting obligations. They incur some obligations from the personal relationships they have with clients, but these can be at odds with organizational demands and resource constraints. One implication is the need for policies to recognize the importance of allowing workers some discretion in decision making. Another implication may be that sometimes care workers can meet their obligations to clients only by taking collective action.
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