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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

Nursing as women’s work
Nursing as women’s work
Pam Smith Helen Allan

The issue considered in this chapter is nursing work and how it is defined and organised. Stereotypes based on race, class and gender prevail within society and influence not only how nursing work is perceived but also the assumptions about what nurses do. Many of these stereotypes are rooted in history. When you read Chapter 5 you will see a quotation from nursing professor Sue Proctor (see page 106) who attributes the power of such stereotypes, in particular ‘gender blindness’, to society’s failure to recognise nursing’s worth and central role resulting in inequalities within the National Health Service (NHS) workforce (Proctor, 2000: 3). Global stereotypes ...

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