Date of Award

Spring 1989

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

The role of the nurse in today's hospital environment is influenced by the history of paternalism and oppression women have experienced as members of Western society. This treatment of women is salient in the realm of nursing administration, as approximately 97% of practicing nurses are female. The literature reveals exploitation of women for the good of men, and nursing is no exception. A review of the historical literature and an anthropological and sociological approach will be presented. Strategies for collaboration with physicians, supported by research reports, will be examined for their applicability with oppressed group behavior. Finally the strategies specific for enlightenment through staff empowerment will be presented in an effort to address the problems encountered with oppressed groups. Modification of current administrative practice will be encouraged.

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