Nursing in metamorphosis: the profession and its image explored

  • Stephanie Aiken

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This thesis explores perceptions of nursing held by a range of stakeholders at the beginning of the 21st century. Using a constructivist methodology, this study locates nursing within the current context of healthcare, acknowledging the historical and socio-political influences which have contributed to shaping nursing’s identity and nursing work. The use of a case study approach as the mode for constructivist inquiry draws on an understanding of this approach as a ‘depth examination of an instance’ (Lincoln and Guba, 1985 p.360). This recognises the contemporary and time bound nature of the study, located in a time of modernisation and change within both nursing and the wider National Health Service.
Date of Award2012
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton
SupervisorKay Aranda (Supervisor) & Philip Mandy (Supervisor)

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