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The Shadow Side of Nursing: Paradox, Image and Identity

The Shadow Side of Nursing: Paradox, Image and Identity
 

This book examines some of the more disturbing representations of nurses in popular culture, to understand nursing's complex identities, challenges and future directions. It critically analyses disquieting representations of nurses who don't care, who kill, who inspire fear or wh... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781138491267
Barcode 9781138491267
Release Date 21 October 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By McAllister, Margaret
By Brien, Donna Lee
Series Routledge Research in Nursing and Midwifery
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ISBN-13 9781138491267
ISBN-10 1138491268
Stock Release date is 21 October 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Release Date 21 October 2019
International Release Date 30 September 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McAllister, Margaret
By Brien, Donna Lee
Series Routledge Research in Nursing and Midwifery
Category Media Studies
Cultural Studies
Nursing Sociology
Number of Pages 152
Dimensions Width: 171mm
Height: 248mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Medical Nursing & Ancillary Services
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 362.173
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

This book examines some of the more disturbing representations of nurses in popular culture, to understand nursing's complex identities, challenges and future directions. It critically analyses disquieting representations of nurses who don't care, who kill, who inspire fear or who do not comply with laws and policies. Also addressed are stories about how power is used, as well as supernatural experiences in nursing. Using a series of examples taken from popular culture ranging from film, television and novels to memoirs and true crime podcasts, it interrogates the meaning of the shadow side of nursing and the underlying paradoxes that influence professional identity. Iconic nursing figures are still powerful today. Decades after they were first created, Ratched and Annie Wilkes continue to make readers and viewers shudder at the prospect of ever being ill. Modern story telling modes are bringing to audiences the grim reality that some nurses are members of the working poor - like Cath Hardacre in Trust me, and others can be dangerous con artists, like Dirty John. This book is important reading for all those interested in understanding the links between nursing's image and the profession's potential as an agent for change.

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Author's Bio

Margaret McAllister is Professor of Nursing at Central Queensland University, Australia. With a background in nursing, mental health nursing, education and cultural studies, Margaret teaches in the Master of Mental Health Nursing and has research expertise in Narrative Therapy and Narrative Research. Donna Lee Brien is Professor of Creative Industries at Central Queensland University, Australia. Co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, Donna's research on writing and popular culture on has been widely published in scholarly and popular publications.

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