© 1992

The Emotional Labour of Nursing

Its impact on interpersonal relations, management and the educational environment in nursing


About this book


This stimulating and original study is written for nurses, midwives, health visitors and others, such as teachers, social workers and managers engaged in 'caring'. It will interest a variety of students, not only of nursing, but also of women's studies and sociology.

The research on which this book is based shows the importance of the charge nurse or ward sister in making emotional style in which it was given, and that nurses felt better able to care for patients and colleagues when their learning environment was emotionally supportive.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.District Nursing Adviser’s DepartmentBloomsbury and Islington District Health AuthorityUK

About the authors

PAM SMITH is Professor of Clinical Practice, European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford. Her previous publications include Research Mindedness for Practice (1997) and Nursing Research: Setting New Agendas (1998). She has also been working with Steve Smith at Brunel University and Mike Rustin at University of East London to set up and run two annual events on Emotional Labour: a winter workshop at the Tavistock centre, London and an Annual Conference at South Bank University. these events were a follow up to a special edition of Soundings (a journal of politics and culture) on Emotional Labour in the Spring of 1999.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Emotional Labour of Nursing
  • Book Subtitle Its impact on interpersonal relations, management and the educational environment in nursing
  • Authors Pam Smith
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1992
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-55699-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-12514-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 232
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Nursing
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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