Anthropology of Nursing in Healthcare Practice aims to introduce nurses and other healthcare professionals to how anthropology can help them understand nursing as a profession and as a culture. Drawing on key anthropological concepts, the book facilitates the understanding and critical consideration of nursing practice in order to produce better outcomes for service users.
Considering the context in which nurses work, the book argues that in order for nurses to optimise their roles as deliverers of patient care they must engage with the realities of the cultural understanding of the patient as well as the multi-professional environment in which most nurses operate.
The only book currently in the field on anthropology of nursing, this book will be valuable for higher level nursing students, as well as students on medical anthropology courses, nursing curriculum developers, and researchers of anthropology who are interested in learning more about its application to nursing and healthcare.
Part 1: Theoretical concepts in anthropology of nursing and contexts of care
1. Principles of anthropology for nursing and health care
2. Culture: an anthropological meaning
3. Researching culture: principles of ethnographic fieldwork
4. Temporality and spatiality in nursing
5. Rituals, rites and nursing practice
6. Dirt and pollution: meaning for nursing practice
Part 2: Application of anthropological concepts in nursing practice
7. Transition, ritual and status passage in nursing
8. Nursing work within nursing culture: metaphors and reality
9. Mental health, student nurses and anthropology Andrew Bassett
10: Organisational culture and impact on care delivery Tony Warne
11. The dying patient: anthropological insights Jenni Templeman
12. Ethnographies in nursing, midwifery and other health care professions