Date of Award

1964

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

Supervisor

F. E. Jones

Language

English

Abstract

For the neophyte, socialization into the role of nurse involves not only the acquisition of required skills and knowledge, but also the gradual acquisition of a professional self-identity. The primary mechanism of socialization is interaction with other members of the student nurses' role-set, i.e. doctors, instructors and patients. The shared expectations of these role others, constitute the nursing role. Role expectations represent pressures which, ideally, elicit appropriate role performances from the encumbents of a given role. The perceived expectations of role others with whom the student nurse interacts are reflected in the self-images held. Differences in self-images held by student-nurses are related to experiences with role others prior to, and following encumbency of the nurse-trainee role.

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