Why we need to consider overseas care issues

Care does not occur in a vacuum. That is to say, when caring for somebody, wider issues are at play. These issues involve politics in particular which may spread well beyond the establishment, local district, or even the country.

Indeed, any issue such as communication or attitudes, never mind the obvious one of resources, may be influenced by politics.
 

Many question the relevance of a situation such as abuse of a patient in Japan, to a patient within the home country - in this case the UK. Despite socio-political or legal rules, which may differ, underlying aspects are similar.  All cases include such factors as education, work rewards, staffing, or attitudes. Surely this indicates that different countries may well learn from one another?


Consider cameras.


If cameras work in America, which research indicates that they do, does this mean they work within the UK?


Fundamentally yes, if one considers the improvements made - less incidents of abuse or falsification of records for example (Nightingale 2015).
 

Of course America has different states - as we know, rules and regulations do differ per state, as do attitudes and culture of individuals.


Attitudes – Looking at an extreme situation, consider Ghana for example, where mentally ill individuals may still be chained up. This is acceptable to the majority of people.  An exploration as to why this is acceptable, encourages consideration of such aspects as beliefs, history, and education.


Another topic - nurses or nursing students on strike.  Unheard of or unconsidered by many.  Yet analyse the reasons why - low staffing, low pay, and poor care – does that not tell the UK something?


Is it time for nurses and researchers from different countries to unite? Or is it too much (personal) competition or threat?

Lenin Nightingale (5 August 2015)

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