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Human rights and health: challenges for training nurses in South Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18592944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The need for health professionals to address their human rights obligations has emerged in the last decade both internationally as well as nationally following the findings of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Support for human rights norms has become a priority for institutions as well as practitioners within the health sector. Training plays a crucial role in shaping health professional practice. In addition to creating a clear understanding of the linkages between human rights and health, educators can role-model how health professionals should act to support human rights. This article explores human rights derived from the South African Constitution in relation to the obligation on health professionals to respect, protect, promote and fulfill human rights. The implications of this commitment to human rights training of nurses are discussed, drawing on the authors' nine years of experience in running courses for South African health professional educators. Themes include: developing core competencies for human rights in health professional curricula, identifying appropriate instructional methodologies and assessment tools suited to the content and context of human rights, and engaging the institutional environment for human rights teaching, at both the level of institutional culture and strategic implementation. At a time when there are increasing demands on the nursing profession to assume greater responsibility and develop versatility in its scope of practice, key challenges are posed for teaching and realising human rights.
L London; L Baldwin-Ragaven
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Curationis     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0379-8577     ISO Abbreviation:  Curationis     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-02     Completed Date:  2008-09-09     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7901092     Medline TA:  Curationis     Country:  South Africa    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5-18     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Codes of Ethics
Constitution and Bylaws
Education, Nursing / organization & administration*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Services Needs and Demand / organization & administration*
Health Status Disparities
Healthcare Disparities / legislation & jurisprudence
Human Rights / education*,  legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology
Human Rights Abuses / legislation & jurisprudence,  prevention & control
Models, Educational
Nurse's Role* / psychology
Organizational Culture
Patient Participation / legislation & jurisprudence
Professional Competence
Self Care
South Africa

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