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Caught in the Science Trap? A Case Study of the Relationship between Nurses and “Their” Science

  • Paula Nieminen

Academization holds a special promise for social professions such as social workers, nurses, and teachers. At the same time, it presents a major challenge in terms of acculturation and identity formation. This article examines the tensions evoked by academization in one social profession, the Finnish nursing profession, highlighting the conflicts caused by differing expectations of and cultural approaches to academization.

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Nursing Practice Nursing Education Nursing Profession Advance Nurse Social Profession 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula Nieminen
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  1. 1.Tampere School of Public HealthUniversity of TampereFinland

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