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Nursing Wounds: Nurse Practitioners, Doctors, Women Patients, & the Negotiation of Meaning

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The rise of the nurse practitioner as a new kind of health care professional has blurred the traditional distinction between physicians and nurses. Nurse practitioners argue that they combine both the traditionally male health care delivery of the M.D. and the traditionally female caring attention of the R.N. In her previous work Sue Fisher has analyzed the difficulties that women patients have in getting doctors to listen to their medical concerns. Now she asks whether women fare any better with nurse practitioners. 

Nursing Wounds takes us into the examining rooms of nurse practitioners and doctors to listen to how health care professionals and women patients communicate. The nurse practitioners, unlike the doctors, go beyond the medical problem to ask about the social context of the patients' lives. In these exchanges the doctors insist on reinforcing both their professional status and dominant cultural assumptions about women. While the nurse practitioners sometimes do this, they also distance themselves from their professional identities, respond to their patients woman to woman, and undermine traditional understandings about gender arrangements.These differences have important consequences for the delivery of health care.       

This compelling and complex analysis employs a range of theoretical perspectives–-from sociolinguistic to postmodern and materialist. Fisher concludes by urging a health care policy that capitalizes on the special strengths of nurse practitioners as providers of primary care who pay real attention to what their patients are saying and who support an alternative, even oppositional, understanding of women's lives.

 

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Nursing Wounds takes us into the examining rooms of nurse practitioners and doctors to listen to how health care professionals and women patients communicate. The nurse practitioners, unlike the doctors, go beyond the medical problem to ask about the social context of the patients' lives. In these exchanges the doctors insist on reinforcing both their professional status and dominant cultural assumptions about women. While the nurse practitioners sometimes do this, they also distance themselves from their professional identities, respond to their patients woman to woman, and undermine traditional understandings about gender arrangements.These differences have important consequences for the delivery of health care.       

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-251) and index.

About the Author

SUE FISHER is Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. She is author of In the Patient's Best Interest: Women and the Politics of Medical Decisions and co-editor of Negotiating the Margins: The Gendered Discourses of Power and Resistance, both published by Rutgers University Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813521817
Author:
Fisher, Sue
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J. :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Interpersonal communication
Subject:
Physician and patient
Subject:
Physician-Patient Relations
Subject:
Women patients
Subject:
Nurse practitioners
Subject:
Nurse-Patient Relations
Subject:
Nurse practitioner and patient.
Subject:
Physician & Patient
Subject:
General Medical
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Professional Medical Reference
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
4313
Publication Date:
19950731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Nursing Wounds takes us into the examining rooms of nurse practitioners and doctors to listen to how health care professionals and women patients communicate. The nurse practitioners, unlike the doctors, go beyond the medical problem to ask about the social context of the patients' lives. In these exchanges the doctors insist on reinforcing both their professional status and dominant cultural assumptions about women. While the nurse practitioners sometimes do this, they also distance themselves from their professional identities, respond to their patients woman to woman, and undermine traditional understandings about gender arrangements.These differences have important consequences for the delivery of health care.       
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