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The social world of Australian practice nurses and the influence of medical dominance: An analysis of the literature

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In Australia, the number of practice nurses is growing at a rapid rate. On the nursing landscape, this group of nurses stand out because of their relationship with the Australian Government who both fund them, and concern themselves with their continuing professional development. This paper provides a construction of the social world of Australian practice nurses, identifying stakeholders in the business of practice nursing. Literature produced by the various social world segments is analysed for the influence of medical dominance on the role, image, power and politics of practice nurses.

Keywords: Australia; family practice; general practice; nursing staff

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Ballarat, Horsham, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: December 1, 2009


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