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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

Using a sociological framework to understand nursing
Using a sociological framework to understand nursing
Helen Allan Daniel Kelly Pam Smith Michael Traynor
Introduction

This chapter doesn’t start with a single issue. Instead we draw together some thoughts on the relevance of sociological theories to current nursing practice. In this book we have argued that nursing is fundamentally a social process involving interactions between people (patients, nurses, other members of the healthcare team) which takes place within socially constructed contexts that are determined by factors often outside the control of patients and nurses themselves. These social contexts shape the way that students are educated and enter the profession as well as ...

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