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Title: The experiences of nurses on Local Health Group boards in Wales : a gendered analysis
Author: Hughes, A. I.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis sets out to explore the role of gender in nurses’ organizational experiences. In particular, it charts the way in which gender shapes and impacts upon the organizational lives of nurses on Local Health Group (LHG) boards in Wales. This study is underpinned by a feminist framework. Data were generated using an ethnographic approach. Two separate phases of fieldwork were undertaken. The first phase of fieldwork began soon after LHGs were established in 1999; the second phase took place some 18 – 24 months later. Research methods included in-depth interviews with nurses (21), GPs (5), and managers (3) and participant and non-participant observation. This thesis argues that gender is key to understanding the organizational experiences of LHG board nurses. In particular it is argues that nurses’ experiences as board members and their ability to contribute to and influence the work of the LHG have been circumscribed by their devalued and subordinate identity as nurses and women. It is also argued that nurses’ experiences need to be contextualised with reference to the gendering of organizational culture and the masculinity of organizational life. Such an understanding is vital if some of the obstacles nurses face in their attempts to influence and contribute to health care policy and decision making are to be addressed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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