Professionalism and the evolution of nursing as a discipline: a feminist perspective.
ABSTRACT 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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ABSTRACT: The vast majority of research in nursing ethics over the last decade indicates that nurses may not be fully prepared to 'deliver the good(s)' for their patients, or to contribute appropriately in the wider current health care climate. When suitable research projects were evaluated for this article, one key question emerged: if nurses are educationally better prepared than ever before to exercise their ethical decision-making skills, why does research still indicate that the expected practice-based improvements remain elusive? Hence, a number of ideas gleaned from recent research about the current nature of nursing ethics, and especially teaching nursing ethics to student nurses, are analysed and critiqued in this article, which concludes with a cluster of ideas and conclusions based on that analysis. It is hoped that such a review may serve as a catalyst for nurse educators to re-examine their teaching practices with a view to enhancing good (i.e. ethical) nursing practice through educational means.Nursing Ethics 02/2005; 12(1):5-18. · 1.21 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Over time there has been debate within nursing regarding its designation as a professional career or "skilled craftsperson" job. Although the respectability of nursing has always been acknowledged, for some nursing is not considered a high-status career. This qualitative study sought to identify the reasons why women chose to become nurses. Fifteen nurses who had graduated from nursing school between 1900 and 1985 were interviewed and asked about their reasons for choosing nursing as a career. Various themes emerged as consistent in their choice to enter nursing. Paramount was the desire to be of service. The other primary motivator was the need for a practical career that was viewed as satisfying, flexible, accessible in terms of cost of schooling, always in demand, and respectable. When nursing was chosen in the face of family opposition, it was viewed as a calling where one could be of service.Journal of Professional Nursing 01/1998; 14(3):175-83. · 0.68 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: This article examines the formation of occupational identity in a nursing program. The normative and ideological dimensions of this process are revealed in the program’s goals and the views of educators and students through qualitative data from observations and 30 in-depth interviews. Educators seek to socialize students toward professionalism to raise the occupation’s status by emphasizing the scientific and technical basis of nursing. Yet students uphold a gendered discourse by identifying a normative dimension of caring as central to their occupational identity. The dilemma between professionalism and caring is reconciled as students construct an occupational identity based on “educated caring,” where these two dimensions are equally valuable and significant.Qualitative Sociology 01/2007; 30(3):249-274. · 0.78 Impact Factor