Lifeworld perspective transformations in student nurses during the period of a three year nursing course
Taylor, Michael Frank
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This thesis that concerns research undertaken in a school of nursing in reference to the students experience on a nursing course. Two major features are present in this thesis. Firstly, the accounts of student nurses of their experience on the nursing course. Secondly, the lifeworld sociology of Alfred Schutz that enabled structure and meaning to be derived from the student accounts.
During my talks with student nurses, I noticed a certain enthusiasm of some students towards the course and a nursing future. In contrast, another group of students interpreted their experience of the course in more pessimistic terms. This group of students appeared to struggle, not with the technical or other requirements of the nursing course but in terms of questioning their place on the course and the meaning of the course in their lives. The former group was later defined as vocational and the latter were called pragmatic in orientation. Another issue also arose and concerned the considerable changes that some students experienced as a result of being on the nursing course. These responses were defined as lifeworld perspective transformations (LPT's), a concept derived by later authors in relation to Schutz's concept of the lifeworld.
The thesis is split into three sections. An introduction, followed by part one which comprises a theoretical chapter that moves within sociological notions of the self to the topic of LPT's and integrates different work that defines the environment of nursing. Part two contains the data and analysis of the student accounts and experience of the nursing course. Part three comprises a review and consideration of the implications of the research.
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