Culture of rural nursing practice: a critical theoretical analysis of determinants of power in nursing.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE This paper investigates the culture of workplace learning within a study of eight small hospitals in rural New South Wales (NSW), Australia. DESIGN The study used a focus group method of data collection, undertaken before then after a series of interventions designed to nurture a culture that supports learning within the rural health care setting. PARTICIPANTS Student AINs, AINs, ENs and RNs from any of the eight hospitals. CONCLUSION Framed within a critical social perspective it applies a theory of culture to understand the determinants of social divisiveness that was occurring between different levels of the nursing workforce. These results are further analysed within a theoretical discussion of culture and power in nursing.

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@article{Gibb2005CultureOR, title={Culture of rural nursing practice: a critical theoretical analysis of determinants of power in nursing.}, author={Heather J Gibb and Katreena Forsyth and Judith K Anderson}, journal={The Australian journal of advanced nursing : a quarterly publication of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation}, year={2005}, volume={23 2}, pages={34-9} }