Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 17

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Sociology of Medicine and Health – Class 17 – Nurses, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, midwives I. Nurses A. Types i. Registered Nurse – Middle – $60,000 – biggest group and spends most of the time with the patients ii. Nurse Practitioner – High - $80,000 iii. License practical nurse – Low – $39,000 B. History i. Florence Nightingale – Most nurses were nuns (Britain) a. She believed that she was born to take of people but it was hard to treat people if they could not undress people. Therefore, she ignored this rule. She organized independent nursing school to improve care of patients – comfort/cleanliness which really helped C. In the US there are 3 pathways into nursing i. Hospitals diploma program – 2 ½ or 3 years – practical application, but now very few people trained this way ii. AA degree into community college – 2 years – most people trained this way a. Was very large in the 60s and 70s b. Basic science classes and work in hospital iii. BSN degree in regular undergraduate college – 4 to 5 years
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