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Nurse Educators and Politics

Sondra Z. Koff

Publication Year: 2004

Although they represent a significant majority of American health care providers, nurses have had only a limited influence on policy developments in the health care and political systems. Helping to understand why the profession has remained a “sleeping giant,” Nurse Educators and Politics focuses on a primary socialization agent to the profession: nursing faculty members. Using survey data, Sondra Z. Koff examines nurse educators’ attitudes toward select public policies and political participation, as well as their political and organizational activism. These findings are related to nursing’s professional history and are discussed in a broader political context to better understand nurses’ behavior in the decision-making process.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Nurse Educators and Politics

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pp. vii

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pp. ix-xi

Over time conversations with friends who are nurses and my experiences on health care boards that included nurses revealed a striking lack of political consciousness on the part of representatives of the nursing profession. This shortcoming and its high cost to the profession were startling to me, even though I was aware that professional...

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1. Nursing and the Political Arena

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pp. 1-32

What is the future of nursing as a profession? What will its role be in the health care delivery system and on the social and political stages? These questions for many a year have provided a basis for discussion. In this debate, overwhelming calls of pessimism issued by members of the profession have been heard loud and clear. In the words of one ...

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2. Nurse Educators: Who Are They and With Whom Do They Affiliate?

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pp. 33-76

It has been established that nurse educators are essential to the socialization process and the continuous development of the nursing profession. The questionnaire was administered to faculty members in baccalaureate and higher degree programs in New York State for two principal reasons. As noted earlier, the entry into practice issue ...

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3. Nurse Educators: Political Behavior and Public Policies

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pp. 77-135

Rapid and tumultuous changes in the health care industry result from policy choices at all levels of government. Nurses, regardless of their site of practice, are affected on a daily basis by politics. It impacts many issues of importance to them, such as the scope and site of practice, reimbursement, malpractice, licensure, education, and research ...

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4. Conclusion

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pp. 137-142

If nurse educators do not appropriately role model political behavior, can it be expected that members of the profession will participate in their professional organizations and in the political process? Thestudy of political socialization agents explains a great deal about the way in which politics works and people behave. This volume has presented ...


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pp. 143-160


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pp. 161-170

E-ISBN-13: 9780791485170
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791460733
Print-ISBN-10: 0791460738

Page Count: 170
Publication Year: 2004