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Transformative 'cultural shifts' in nursing : participatory action research and the project of possibility

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posted on 2023-05-16, 09:55 authored by Andrew RobinsonAndrew Robinson
Transformative ‘cultural shifts’ in nursing: participatory action research and the lsquo;project of possibility’ For some time scholars have called for changes in nursing in order to address the subjugated position of nurses within health care. This paper argues that through an engagement with participatory action research, nurses open up a possibility to bring about transformative shifts in nursing culture. The motivation for nurses to engage with this research process arises out of an acknowledgement that they can no longer live with the sense of pain and crisis endemic in much of their nursing practice, and a desire to take action to bring about transformative change within their local ward cultures. However, their participation in critical reflective and collaborative processes that underpin action research exposes an array of minor scattered nursing practices which frustrate possibilities for transformative change. Drawing on empirical accounts from research conducted by the author, the paper argues that once made explicit, these minor practices and the regimes of truth that nurture and sustain them, can be reconstructed and the possibility of transformative cultural shifts in nursing will then emerge. Copyright © 1995, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved


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Nursing Inquiry






School of Nursing


Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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La Trobe University, Victoria

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