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Stereotyping In Nursing

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Introduction Since the ancient age of medicine till the present times, nurses and their professionalization through the exposure to advanced education and latest techniques has been a subject of very many significant debates. Worldwide, nurses have developed themselves into professionals with a great deal of knowledge, as witnessed by the development of nursing protocols and guidelines. Despite these progresses, it has been concluded by many studies and a thesis that nurse are not able to avail the fair recognition that comes with these advancements by the masses. Smith & Mackie identify and define stereotyping as ‘a cognitive representation or impression of a social group that people form by associating particular characteristics and emotions…show more content…
What the nurses are portrayed as does not match the actuality of the situation as nurses are always seem to be taken as a step beneath most of the medical hierarchy, simply lacking the authority or autonomous jurisdiction, or at the least their work being void of any scholarly approach. (Dominiak 2004). The last 3 decades of the 20th century and the first one of the 21st have been the most significant due to tremendous development in the field of nursing, 21st century, in particular, with respect to professionalization. Nightingale and Henderson have served the nursing field most evidently across boundaries, in respectively the 19th and the 20th century. Moreover, the nursing profession has further developed its academic credibility in the last few years, which has resulted in a variety of nursing levels, like bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. Even the most respected news media sources belittle nursing, so readers do not get a sense that nurses are educated life-saving professionals (Summers & Summers 2009).Although the phenomenon of nursing and its features are sensibly considered, this has not yet resulted in a public image that identifies the scientific and specialized development of the…show more content…
Job satisfaction: Hunt (2008) and Strachota, et.al, (2003) states that, "Probability of nursing turnover increases with increase in workload and job tension, with a decrease of job satisfaction as well".Coomber&Barrib (2006) states that, "Reduction in workplace stress will improve the nursing turnover ratio". Imbalance of work-life may be the reason of nursing turnover (Lieter and Maslach, 2009).Turnover or intent to leave will be reduced if there is higher job satisfaction among new graduates (Beecroft, Dorey, & Wenten, 2008; Kovner, Brewer, Greene, & Fairchild, 2009; Roche, Lamoureux, & Teehan, 2004) v. Low staffing level: IOM (2004) and, Seago, Spetz, Alvarado, Keane, & Grumbach ( 2006) have opined differently and said that different research studies showed that turnover affects staffing level because nurses move from hospitals to nursing homes and lack of willingness by the individuals to work in nursing field. Hunt (2009) findings also showed that feeling overworked is a result of low staffing levels which is caused by nursing
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