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Collegiality

Collegiality

Collegiality is a research area of interest. I have looked at this issue as it related to professionalism within nursing, a female dominated profession.

My first survey in 1994, some 19 years ago, provided data that started the process in the area of collegial .

The analysis from my data provided original and multiple insights about contemporary female occupational cultures. It is disheartening to find out from colleagues (Lister, 2013; Brinkert, 2010) how women’s work environments are at a decline in many ways. The implication of work milieu in current research associates this environment with negative professional behaviours and quality of patient care.

Most mainstream studies on the nursing profession – usually the only available texts – tend to adopt a simplistic framework of “problems and prospects”, whereas my research has assembled data regarding the unhealthy contradictions perpetrated by the professional/ collegial values and routine practices. Here, however, we see the social reproductions of institutionalized injustice, notably the ethos of white superiority. The silent voices of the “racialized” others speak loudly to the dominant culture of compliance that is protected in self-serving professions. Rather than debunk mythologies, I consider those themes that have been woefully overlooked in studies of professions—social justice. Justice, an increasingly significant theme in public policy and multicultural programs, provides a direction that is long overdue in addressing micro conflicts within macro contexts.

Merle Jacobs

From Rangoon to London then to Canada, now home. Professor at York U in Toronto. Equity Studies.

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