The socialization of beginning nurses in the hospital setting : an interpretive inquiry

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Hilda Pickney Pitts (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to inquire into the socialization process in which the individual nurse mediates this experience in the first years of employment in the hospital setting. Six registered nurses who had begun the socialization process within the past three years were interviewed in order to examine their interpretation of this process. This study was guided by the phenomenological method of dialectical hermeneutics. Underlying the methodology is the concept of intersubjectivity which connects social interaction with the shaping of consciousness from which a consistent reality is experienced by the individual. Attention during the course of the study was centered on variance between quantitative and qualitative research and the contributions made to the acquisition of knowledge by these forms of research. Support was presented for broader use of quantitative forms of methodology to provide better understanding of social phenomena by a repositioning within the context of society's values and belief systems.

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Language: English
Date: 1982
Nurses $x Attitudes
Nursing $x Social aspects
Hospitals $x Employees

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