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Transformative 'cultural shifts' in nursing : participatory action research and the project of possibility


Robinson, A, Transformative 'cultural shifts' in nursing : participatory action research and the project of possibility, Nursing Inquiry, 2, (2) pp. 65-74. ISSN 1320-7881 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-1800.1995.tb00069.x


Transformative ‘cultural shifts’ in nursing: participatory action research and the lsquo;project of possibility’ For some time scholars have called for changes in nursing in order to address the subjugated position of nurses within health care. This paper argues that through an engagement with participatory action research, nurses open up a possibility to bring about transformative shifts in nursing culture. The motivation for nurses to engage with this research process arises out of an acknowledgement that they can no longer live with the sense of pain and crisis endemic in much of their nursing practice, and a desire to take action to bring about transformative change within their local ward cultures. However, their participation in critical reflective and collaborative processes that underpin action research exposes an array of minor scattered nursing practices which frustrate possibilities for transformative change. Drawing on empirical accounts from research conducted by the author, the paper argues that once made explicit, these minor practices and the regimes of truth that nurture and sustain them, can be reconstructed and the possibility of transformative cultural shifts in nursing will then emerge. Copyright © 1995, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
ID Code:5815
Year Published:1995
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-25

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