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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

Introduction
Introduction
Helen Allan Daniel Kelly Pam Smith Michael Traynor
Why me?

Our daily experiences as individuals are, to an extent that would surprise the unsuspecting, determined by an array of social forces – all the more so for those like you who are working in the complex environment of healthcare work. Some of these forces are stable and long established, such as the effects of gender, while others are highly unpredictable and changing even as you read this book, like the rise of social media (which we discuss in Chapter 3). Perhaps reassuringly, many of these have been noted and investigated from different perspectives. In this book we will be ...

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