Drawing on extended observation and one-to-one interviews, Deidre Wicks here explores many aspects of nursing work which are rarely discussed in nursing texts. Her exploration includes incidents which reveal both co-operation and contestation with doctors and their medical goals and priorities. The text constructs a complex picture of nurse-doctor relations which moves beyond a Marxist-style analysis. It seeks to uncover the tension between structure and agency in nursing work, and explore ways in which nurses demonstrate their capacity as knowledgeable actors in the constraints of gendered, institutional structures. The author argues that nurses are constantly involved in both undermining and constructing the sexual division of labour with doctors.
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Deidre Wicks lectures in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has worked as a nurse and is currently involved in a major research project, the Women's Health Longitudinal Study.Review:
"The author is a sensitive observer who includes some verypowerful and moving portrayals of the everyday world of hospital nursing." - Professor Celia Davies, School of Health & SocialWelfare, The Open University "I would recommend this book to undergraduate students on nursing programmes, medical sociology, and the sociology of work." - Professor Anne Williams, Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care, University of Wales, Swansea
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