Power and professions
Nurses5 ability or inability to work as autonomous professionals is central to any analysis of power and nursing. Nursing’s status as work, as an occupation, as a profession or a semi-profession affects nurses5 relationship to the state, their role in the health care team and their work with patients and clients. Whether and how well those who provide nursing care are paid, managed, educated, promoted and involved in decision making has often been identified as being dependent on the professional status, or lack of it, of nursing. This is not surprising. Occupations regarded as professions earn more and enjoy more control and higher social status than do many non-professional jobs. Professions are seen as having a special place within society
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