Essay Topic – Nursing And Professional Identity Reference To Gender And Caring
Write an essay on one of the following:
Discuss nursing and professional identity reference to gender and caring; or
Discuss medicalization and child birth in Ireland; or
Discuss the ‘domestic setting’ in contemporary Ireland with reference caregiving for older people. Or
Discuss care giving in Ireland with reference to changing family structure and demographic shifts. Or
Discuss relationship between health care professionals and consumers of health care with reference to surveillance, categorisation, power and disempowerment.
This article examines the formation of occupational identity in a nursing program. The normative and ideological dimensions of this process are revealed in the program’s goals and the views of educators and students through qualitative data from observations and 30 in-depth interviews. Educators seek to socialize students toward professionalism to raise the occupation’s status by emphasizing the scientific and technical basis of nursing. Yet students uphold a gendered discourse by identifying a normative dimension of caring as central to their occupational identity. The dilemma between professionalism and caring is reconciled as students construct an occupational identity based on “educated caring,” where these two dimensions are equally valuable and significant.