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Title: The representation of professional identity : the hospital nurse's perspective on health promotion
Author: Gordon, M. Frances
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2000
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This study, which was undertaken in Scotland, is concerned with hospital nurses' perceptions of how they manage their health promotion responsibilities. The work was undertaken from the qualitative paradigm, employing strategies of grounded theory to generate and handle data arising from fifty loosely structured, in-depth interviews with nurses practising in hospital settings. The findings of the study include discussions of the nurses' descriptions of the natural context of their work - Ward Life; their experience of incorporating health promotion in their practice - Negotiating Identity; the knowledge they hold concerning how to undertake these aspects of practice - Nurses Knowing; the relationships which they perceive as pivotal to this practice - Forming a Relationship and their critical reserve regarding the whole enterprise - Being Sceptical. The theoretical framework generated suggested an ongoing negotiation of role and professional identity influenced by perspectives external to the practice knowledge of the nurses. The identity that emerged through the mediation of these influences has been labelled as the nurses representing themselves as health promoters. Embedded in the nurses' accounts are hidden aspects of their knowledge: knowledge that is often unspoken and is derived through their experience of working with patients. It is claimed that this knowledge has the potential to reconstruct the nurses' professional identity to that of health-promoting nurses, an identity that is congruent with the nurses' 'close to the patient' and context-dependent experience of practice.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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