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Provides students with insights into key contemporary debates and events to demonstrate the relevance of sociology and its practical application to modern nursing. This textbook helps student nurses make the leap from a narrow focus on the physical problems of their patients to a broader understanding of the whole person and the contexts of care which will help them succeed as compassionate nurses. Written directly for nurses, it focuses on the individuals and families in their care, the organisations they work in, and the factors which affect their practice. Key features include: * Case studies and scenarios to help students relate sociology to real life examples * Reflection points to help students critically engage with the discussion * Learning outcomes and chapter summaries for revision * Definitions of key terms in each chapter

Becoming a patient
Becoming a patient
Helen Allan
Issue

The sociological issue that is the focus of this chapter is what happens when you – or your parent, child or friend – become a patient.

Read the following scenario and reflect on your responses.

While it may be necessary to prepare patients for surgery in the way described above, nevertheless becoming a patient may not just involve a loss of dignity but the gradual erosion of your identity as you conform to the expectations of those who are caring for you. Does being a patient mean that you suddenly become subject to the hospital’s rules and regulations? Do you have to have your temperature taken every four hours? Are you treated as if ...

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