Absent bystanders and cognitive dissonance: A comment on Timmins and de Vries

PALEY, John (2015). Absent bystanders and cognitive dissonance: A comment on Timmins and de Vries. Nurse Education Today, 35 (4), 543-548.

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Timmins & de Vries are more sympathetic to my editorial than other critics, but they take issue with the details. They doubt whether the bystander phenomenon applies to Mid Staffs nurses; they believe that cognitive dissonance is a better explanation of why nurses fail to behave compassionately; and they think that I am 'perhaps a bit rash' to conclude that 'teaching compassion may be fruitless'. In this comment, I discuss all three points. I suggest that the bystander phenomenon is irrelevant; that Timmins & de Vries give an incomplete account of cognitive dissonance; and that it isn't rash to propose that educating nurses 'for compassion' is a red herring. Additionally, I comment on the idea that I wish to mount a 'defence of healthcare staff'. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.12.006
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2015 11:28
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2015 11:28
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9689

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