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ICHRN Knowledge Library
  • Date
    2011-01-06
  • Title
    The power behine empowerment for staff nurses:Using Foucault's concepts
  • Journal

  • Publisher
    Longwoods Publishing Corporation
  • Year
    2008
  • Author
    Udod SA
  • Description
    "In this paper, nurse empowerment is analyzed by drawing upon a critical science approach as an alternative theoretical lens. Power is integral to empowerment, and occurs in the context of relations of power. The author uses the ideas of Michel Foucault to address the different ways in which power relations shape nurses' experiences in the workplace. Foucault conceptualizes power as a form of power that envelops staff nurses and nurse managers and, more specifically, as a set of disciplinary techniques. Rather than discussing power solely as a repressive force, Foucault identifies the productive aspects of power. His analysis of where power resides suggests a thought-provoking approach to staff nurse empowerment that has the potential to change nurses' practice through points of resistance, and thus has implications for improving the quality of nurses' work life." (excerpt from abstract)
  • Categories
    Nursing Human Resources Management, Work Environment
  • Keywords
    empowerment, work environment, foucault
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