Professionalism and the evolution of nursing as a discipline: A feminist perspective

University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Nursing, Fredericton, Canada.
Journal of Professional Nursing (Impact Factor: 0.95). 11/1994; 10(6):357-67. DOI: 10.1016/8755-7223(94)90039-6
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The evolution of nursing knowledge and nursing as a practice discipline has been stunted by the quest for professionalism. Liberal and socialist feminist theory clarifies the hazards inherent in the masculine institution of professionalism for a predominately female discipline. Socialist feminist theoretical perspectives facilitate a vision of nursing that includes altering social structure such that caring is valued.

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