Constructing international professional identity: what psychiatric nurses talk about on the Internet.

  • Len Bowers
  • Published 1997 in International journal of nursing studies

Abstract

The Internet is in the very early stages of being exploited by psychiatric nurses. Following an explanation of e-mail lists, this paper describes an analysis of the first 16 months operation of such a list devoted to psychiatric nursing. Those topics having international resonance for psychiatric nurses were: nursing models, labelling theory, the relationship of psychiatric nursing to medical psychiatry, the risks of depersonalised care, community care, and service cutbacks. Costs and benefits of the e-mail list to individual psychiatric nurses are described and evaluated. It is concluded that e-mail lists have the capacity to contribute to an international psychiatric-nursing identity in a unique and highly personal way. The Internet has many more possibilities for exploitation by psychiatric nurses.

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@article{Bowers1997ConstructingIP, title={Constructing international professional identity: what psychiatric nurses talk about on the Internet.}, author={Len Bowers}, journal={International journal of nursing studies}, year={1997}, volume={34 3}, pages={208-12} }