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The 'order of things': tracing a history of the present through a re-readig of the past in nursing education


Walker, KN and Holmes, C, The 'order of things': tracing a history of the present through a re-readig of the past in nursing education, Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for The Australian Nursing Profession, 30, (2) pp. 106-118. ISSN 1037-6178 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5172/conu.673.30.2.106


For the best part of modern history, nursing’s education system has tended to fore-ground the pragmatic over the esoteric, the practical over the theoretical and the primacy of character over intellect.As a consequence of this binary logic at work, nursing education inoculated its neophytes with a set of troublesome values about the importance of nursing education vis-à-vis nursing practice and, as a result, created a powerful cultural climate which both wittingly and unwittingly perpetuated the subjugation of nurses to other health professionals rather than the obverse. In this paper, a number of historical educational texts are read from a ‘presentist’ perspective to illustrate how a certain ‘order of things’ inscribed itself on the body/subjects of generations of nurses.This history has left an unfortunate legacy that ensures nurses’ political voice continues to remain muted and their contribution to healthcare under-recognised and undervalued.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Walker, KN (Professor Kim Walker)
ID Code:87116
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2013-11-07
Last Modified:2013-12-19

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