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 nurse

Becoming a nurse
Michael Traynor


This chapter examines how everyday events contribute to professional socialisation.

Here’s a list of a few things a student nurse might start off feeling nervous about but gradually come to accept as natural:

  • finding your way to placement sites;
  • wearing strange clothes;
  • shift work;
  • unfamiliar and sinister smells;
  • needing to make relationships with more experienced and senior colleagues, some of whom seem to take a dislike to students;
  • not knowing how to talk to patients;
  • not knowing anything;
  • wondering whether you have made the right choice;
  • assignments;
  • new vocabulary – some of it in ancient languages;
  • books about sociology.

Chapter outline

This chapter introduces the idea of professional socialisation by:

  • Presenting an example of key sociological work on the topic
  • Reviewing the basic concept of socialisation in society and ...
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