March 25, 2009

Sociology FoR NuRsInG .

Teaching Sociology for nursing is a continuing, ever changing challenge for me. The challenge I face is an opportunity to make sure that future nurses are competent and confident in the practice setting: a practice which includes the application of clinical and generic skills as well as subject specific knowledge .

Sociology is essential for nurses, locally and globally, as they are facing new and complex challenges on account of living in a culturally diverse and dynamic world. Sociology for nursing can help students to develop an understanding and analysis of the context and substance of nursing practice.

SoCiOlOgY !

Sociology in a contemporary usage has two meanings. One is broad with expression of the humanitarian tradition in nursing and in public frequently read into it any interpretation consistent with their own experience and interests. This defines the humane care of patients , prevention of disease , health education , nutrition education, counseling ,the work of local health authorities , finance of nursing services and indeed concerned with health and welfare. The other is restricted sense in which we shall be using sociology with a body of knowledge and methods of obtaining that knowledge to nursing profession. In nutshell , it studies the nursing need of the society and the human epidemiology. ( GN Prabhakara ).

Sociology provides an insight into the understanding of many events and activities that seem to concern our society , our family and our organization. One has to think away from usual routines for proper understanding of sociology in nursing profession.

Sociology in nursing profession has an area of interest for the study of health, disease , health behavior and medico-social interactions.

Similarly nursing profession has an obligation to see the diet , theraphy , counseling, assistance ,defense and security apart from welfare through social obligations which we control in terms of :

  1. Social Diet
  2. Social Theraphy
  3. Social Counselling
  4. Social Asisstance
  5. Social Defense
  6. Social Security