ERIC Number: ED298803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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The Effects of Social and Environmental Factors on Informal Teaching-Learning Transactions between Female Nurses and Female Physicians.
Stegman, Carolyn Beitzel
Patient care in a hospital setting is directly related to the professional information and knowledge exchange between physicians and nurses concerning patients in their own care. This exchange, while informal, is considered a teaching-learning transaction. In recent years, as gender ratios in medicine have changed, a new transaction has arisen between female physicians and female nurses, and a study of the social and environmental factors which influence and impact these women is presented. Data was collected chiefly by means of open-ended nonstructured interviews with 50 members of the two groups under study working in a range of institutions located in the eastern half of the United States. Chapter topics include: female physicians' and female nurses' perceptions of the teaching-learning transaction strengths between each other as women; how respondents felt the teaching-learning transaction between women enhanced patient care; socialization and bonding; the issue of sexuality; the emergence and analysis of barriers; and the effect of negative incidents. The study indicates that the teaching-learning transaction between women is different and largely positive (with more teaching and learning), though in some cases, this positive interaction contains an undercurrent of manipulation. Six major recommendations focus on designing educational curricula to be shared with women in medicine and nursing through their professional literature and associations and in workshops. An appendix includes sample interview questions, and 70 references are provided. (SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Ed.D. Major Applied Research Project, Nova University.