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Preparing for and entering nursing: The occupational socialization of a cohort of students.

Parker, Edith R. (1993) Preparing for and entering nursing: The occupational socialization of a cohort of students. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)..

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The focus of this longitudinal case study is on the occupational socialization of a cohort of students preparing to become general nurses, and following qualification. The perceptions of the cohort about nursing and the role of the nurse are identified at the beginning and over time, as the cohort progresses and develops through the training period and as qualified nurses. The perceptions of a number of key people in this socialization process are also sought. The research approach is qualitative-interpretive, and the main method of data collection is the semi-structured interview, supported by open questionnaires, retrospective biographies, repertory grids and written evaluations of specific experiences. Three areas were identified by the respondents as important to them during their first interviews; social/leisure activities; being in the school; working in the clinical areas. Topics raised in these areas were discussed during subsequent interviews. Data analysis reveals that the perceptions of the cohort about nursing did not appear to change. The role of the nurse however was perceived initially to be concerned with administration and management and later becoming more involved with direct patient care. These perceptions were not apparently influenced by the respondent's gender, age or previous educational attainments. Nursing was learned in the clinical areas and basic knowledge and principles of care in the school. Influences on the socialization of the cohort are identified and discussed and reveal the importance of the peer group, the ward team and the personal tutors on the learning and socialization processes. The concluding discussion raises some issues for consideration and suggests some areas for further study.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors :
Parker, Edith R.
Date : 1993
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Date Deposited : 09 Nov 2017 12:16
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