Background of inquiry
In May 2006 "Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand", the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's journal published a photographic essay "Who Cares". The five-page essay encompassed 39 images. The images portrayed the daily routine of carers looking after the elderly in an institutional setting and depicted both carers and residents, along with quotations from the subjects in the photographs. Some photographs showed carers, and apparently vulnerable residents who were near naked and engaged in intimate daily routines such as showering and toileting. The purpose of the essay was to highlight the work of the carers and the people for whom they care in an effort to improve work conditions.
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