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ERIC Number: ED262297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 17
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Reformation and Resistance in American Nursing Education.
Miller, Lucy Heim
The American Nurses' Association's "First Position on Nursing" (1965), one instance of attempted reformation in American nursing education, recommends that nursing education should take place in institutions of higher education. Failures of this suggested reform seem to relate directly to the reform's incongruence with the continued or increased power of an elite in the health-illness industry. An active manipulative/oppressive process by the elite can be posited as a major strand in the web of American nursing education and its reformation. Medicine and hospital administration can be defined as elites as can those nurses who formulated the report. Professional journal coverage shows that hospital administration exhibited no scruples about being an oppressive elite and nursing divided into militant groups of defenders of all existing forms of nursing education. As soon as nursing leaders and their constituency divided into separate strata, other unified groups (hospital administrators, physicians) were able to dominate more easily. One implication for nursing education policy is that the likelihood of successfully combatting medicine and hospital administration hinges on power parity. To achieve parity nursing should base its power in numbers or in equality of credentials. Other implications are teaching students nursing history and enlisting allies. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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