Inside Nursing

A Critical Ethnography of Clinical Nursing Practice

By Annette Fay Street

Subjects: Health Care
Series: SUNY series, Teacher Empowerment and School Reform
Paperback : 9780791408049, 316 pages, January 1992
Hardcover : 9780791408032, 316 pages, February 1992

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Table of contents





Henry A. Giroux and Peter L. McLaren

1. Reflections on a Journey of Exploration into the World of Clinical Nurses

2. Situating the Journey

3. The Doctor Knows Best

4. You Know What Women Are Like!

5. Forget the Study—Real Nursing Is Learned on the Job

6. Reading the Map Symbols: Key Concepts

7. Charting the Theoretical Terrain

8. Planning the Route

9. Exploring the Uncharted Country

10. Now You See Me, Now You Don't

11. She's Just a Born Nurse

12. Yes, But You'll Never Change That!

13. If I Knew More I Could Do More

14. Everyone Knows That!




By exploring and analyzing the experiences and impressions of nurses, Annette Fay Street provides an intimate account of clinical practice and what those experiences mean in the profession. She highlights the realities and daily conflicts with which clinical nurses must deal, and offers insights into the culture and thinking that informs and transforms their work.

Annette Fay Street is Director of the Center for Studies in Pediatric Nursing at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.


"The profession is undergoing radical changes, and this topic is very timely. Critical theory is important in itself, and the relation of its principles to nursing is well done by Street. Inside Nursing offers one of the most refreshing new insights into the nursing profession that I have seen in a long time. Its intellectual rigor is outstanding and should make it extremely palatable to most nurses.

"Thank you for the opportunity to review this exciting book. I hope to see it become required reading in graduate schools of nursing; I certainly will recommend it to the nurse educators I know. " -- June Hart Romeo, Kent State University and Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center