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

Walker, Kim, and Holmes, Colin (2008) The 'order of things': tracing a history of the present through a re-reading of the past in nursing education. Contemporary Nurse, 30 (2). pp. 106-118.

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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-a-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.

Item ID: 6135
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1037-6178
Keywords: education; history; gender; power; patriarchy
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 02:54
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 95%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 5%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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