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Title: Social distancing between nurse and patient
Author: Vollstedt, Inge
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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This thesis accepts the claim of theories of knowledge which presuppose a non-cognitive principle, such as Derrida's difference, as the condition of interpreting the person's recognition of objects in the world. In non-cognitive theories, the person's recognition of objects is uncertain. This position is opposed to theories of knowledge which presuppose a cognitive principle, such as the ego of Descartes, and which claim that a correspondence between person and object is certain. The major aim of this thesis is to show how the nurse's certainty about a correspondence excludes the patient's recognition from her recognition. The effect is the creation of a social distance between nurse and patient. Another aim is to show how the nurse's uncertainty about a correspondence allows nurse and patient to exchange their recognitions. Such exchange, understood as the possibility of accomplishing a kind of correspondence, decreases a social distance between nurse and patient. Achieving these aims involves an explication of how nursing theorists interpret the nurse's recognition. For instance, Orlando's (1961) idea of "exploration" is analysed to be a non-cognitive and a minimal cognitive interpretation of the nurse's recognition. I draw on Johnson's (1974) work to elucidate how the development of conceptions of nursing imply a cognitive interpretation of the nurse's recognition. I then exemplify how the nurse's recognition when based on Abdellah's (1960) or Roy's (1984) conceptions of nursing of 'the whole patient' is not corresponding with 'the whole patient'. Finally, I examine the work of Benner et al (1996). I discuss the difference between the principles Benner et al and Dreyfus and Dreyfus (1996) presuppose in order to explain the nurse's skill acquisition as a move through stages from novice or advanced beginner to competency and then to proficiency and expertise.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.663305  DOI: Not available
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