Journal of Advanced Nursing, February 2018, Vol.74(2), pp.310-317
To purchase or authenticate to the full-text of this article, please visit this link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.13452/abstract Byline: Margaret McAllister, Donna Lee Brien, Lorna Piatti-Farnell Keywords: ethics; love; nurses; nursing image; popular culture; professional issues Abstract Aims To discuss representations of nursing in popular culture using the Contemporary Gothic theory. Background Nursing is stereotypically known as a caring profession. Caring in both the natural and professional perspectives is inextricably attached to love and love, we are told, is universal. In popular culture, however, there are numerous examples of nurses being portrayed in ways where love-its expression and its practice-has been transgressed or tainted. Exploring this dark side of nursing, even if fictitious, is significant because it illuminates social and cultural tensions. Design Discussion paper. Data sources CINAHL, Scopus and Humanities International Databases were searched for terms related to nursing, love, abject and the gothic, published between 1990-2016. Four popular culture texts which ranged in genre and gothic elements were selected for analysis. Implications for nursing The types of transgressive love these nurses express to patients ranges from the obsessive and the pornographic, to the monstrous. We suggest this positioning illuminates a hidden reality that nursing work is at once intimate and personal but also hidden, profane, repellent, horrifying and feared. Nursing's allure for storytellers may rest in its association with the abject. How nurses find redemption, satisfaction and meaning in these locations is relevant for how we can imbue our lives and work with greater humanity. Conclusion The Contemporary Gothic is a useful tool in exposing and exploring ambiguous, challenging and taboo aspects of nursing in society. Such and analysis helps to explain phenomena-including nursing itself-which exists in the shadow of dominant and often stereotyped discourses. Article Note: Funding information This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Ethics ; Love ; Nurses ; Nursing Image ; Popular Culture ; Professional Issues
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