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Values light the way to work

Since the inquiry into care failings at Mid Staffs, ‘values’ has become a buzzword in discussions about nursing. But what are values – and how do you identify yours?

Since the inquiry into care failings at Mid Staffs, ‘values’ has become a buzzword in discussions about nursing. But what are values – and how do you identify yours?

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Throughout the course of our lives, we develop our own values, beliefs and attitudes. Our family, friends, community, workplaces and the experiences we have had contribute to our sense of who we are and how we view the world.

As nurses, we often care for people who are vulnerable and who may have a lifestyle that mainstream society considers ‘different’ or unacceptable. To provide a service that meets the needs of our patients, we must be aware of our personal values but must not impose them on our patients.

So, how do you define what your values are? First, consider what it is you

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