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From political correctness to reflexivity: A norm-critical perspective on nursing education.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2358-5086
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3702-8202
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7182-511X
Jönköping University, Department of Social Work, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping, Sweden; Department of Social Work, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
2020 (English)In: Nursing Inquiry, ISSN 1320-7881, E-ISSN 1440-1800, article id e12344Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Education is important in shaping professional identity, including how one approaches norms and normalisation. In the analysis presented in this study, nursing students' own constructions of norms and normality from the outlook of their education are highlighted and problematised. To deepen the understanding of these matters, the aim of this study was to explore constructions of norms and normality among students in nursing education. Students studying in a nursing department at a Swedish university college were approached and asked to consider open survey questions targeting their views on norms and normality; 154 of them replied. After a discourse analytic approach to the data, we could see how the students constructed norms and normality as (a) instrumental instructions, consisting of easy-to-digest statements grounded in the profession's obvious moral and ethical values, (b) limiting and frustrating obstacles for personal freedom that were important to challenge, (c) rules to be obeyed for the stability of society and (d) a matter of reflection, with each individual being responsible for understanding differences in norms, perspectives and opinions. We conclude that nursing education would benefit from norm-critical perspectives, problematising students' own positions to norms, power and privilege.

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2020. article id e12344
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discourse analysis, education, norm criticism, nursing, social norms, students
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14985DOI: 10.1111/nin.12344ISI: 000510448700001PubMedID: 32009272Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85078904710OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14985DiVA, id: diva2:1395676
Available from: 2020-02-24 Created: 2020-02-24 Last updated: 2020-03-10Bibliographically approved

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