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Is there a professional responsibility to adopt a healthy lifestyle?

Snelling, Paul ORCID: (2017) Is there a professional responsibility to adopt a healthy lifestyle? In: Revisiting the philosophy and practice of nursing research and scholarship, 31 August - 2nd September 2017, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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Recently released documents consulting on a new pre-registration curriculum in the UK contain the following clause:
At the point of registration, the registered nurse will understand the professional responsibility for adopting a healthy lifestyle…
The document falls short of requiring that students do actually adopt the prescribed lifestyle, but requiring understanding in this manner only makes sense if there is such a responsibility. In this sense, and regardless of the outcome of the consultation this clause is significant: The professional regulator in the UK claims that nurses have a responsibility – that is an obligation – to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
This presentation challenges this claim. Responsibilities in this context have three component parts: the actor, obligation and consequences, and each of these are problematic in this context. Generally, the notion of ‘professional responsibility’ is difficult outside the boundaries of a code of conduct. Specifically, the notion of a professional (moral) responsibility to adopt a healthy lifestyle is challenged by examining arguments in favour, which are a mixture of the normative and empirical. It is concluded that there is no such responsibility, professional or otherwise.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: professional responsibility, healthy lifestyle, personal fitness, wellbeing
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Paul Snelling
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2020 15:41
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 14:43

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