Scapegoating and the unpopular nurse

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    This paper considers the theories of scapegoating and their application to nursing. It reviews the literature on scapegoating drawing particular attention to those studies which have emphasised on the instrumental uses of scapegoating in organisational contexts. The paper draws on data from a qualitative study of the identification and management of the 'problem' nurse conducted in three healthcare Trusts. It describes a number of illustrative cases in which different types of scapegoating occurred. The paper argues that scapegoating is an ethical challenge which nurses must face. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)177-184
    Number of pages7
    JournalNurse Education Today
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


    • Discipline
    • Misconduct
    • Scapegoat
    • Unpopular nurse


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