Social Responsibility in Nursing Education
Journal of Holistic Nursing. 1996 Mar; 14(1): 24-43.
Nurses will be key participants in health care reform as health care shifts from a hospital-based disease orientation to a community-centered health promotion focus. Nursing in communities, the environmental context of clients' everyday lives, requires attention to social, economic, and political circumstances that influence health status and access to health care. Therefore, nursing educators have the responsibility to prepare future nurses for community-based practice by instilling moral and professional practice obligations, cultural sensitivity, and other facets of social responsibility. In this article, social responsibility and journaling, a teaching/learning strategy suggested by the new paradigm approach of the curriculum revolution, are explored. A qualitative research study of more than 100 nursing student journal entries illustrates the concept of social responsibility and how it developed in a group of baccalaureate nursing students during a clinical practicum in a large urban homeless shelter.
Attitudes; Access to Health Care; Caring; Community Services; Curriculum; Disease; Education; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Care Reform; Health Promotion; Health Status; Homeless Persons; Methods; Minority Groups; Moral Development; Nurse Patient Relationship; Nurses; Nursing Education; Nursing Ethics; Nursing Students; Obligations to Society; Political Activity; Program Descriptions; Public Health; Qualitative Research; Research; Schools; Social Problems; Stigmatization; Students; Values;