Patriarchy and nursing education : analysis and model

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Linda Compton Hodges (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: A concern for nursing's lack of a unique identity and failure to achieve professionalism served `as focal points for inquiry, analysis, and the development of an alternative nursing curriculum model. The belief that nursing's failure to realize its aspirations of professionalism is directly related to the fact that it is predominately a female profession, served as the basis for inquiry in the first two chapters. To develop a better understanding of the nurse as a woman in a patriarchal society and the woman as a nurse in the patriarchal health care system, the concept of patriarchy was employed as an analytical tool of analysis. A review of the literature on patriarchy revealed that the elements of role, temperament, and status serve as the supporting framework in its reproduction. These elements were selected as a lens for reviewing the literature on women and nurses. An analysis of the literature revealed a direct relationship between the stereotypical role definition, temperament, and accompanying lower status of women in the larger society and nurses in the health care field. The findings in this analysis were then applied to nursing's failure to achieve professionalism and a unique identity in an effort to demonstrate their influence.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
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