The 'knowledgeable doer': nurse and midwife integration of complementary and alternative medicine in NHS hospitals

Cant, S. and Watts, P. (2015) The 'knowledgeable doer': nurse and midwife integration of complementary and alternative medicine in NHS hospitals. In: Gale, N. and McHale, J., eds. Routledge Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Perspectives from Social Science and Law. Routledge Handbooks. London: Routledge. pp. 98-110 ISBN 9780415818940

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Drawing on the sociology of professions, this chapter examines how the integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) provided a space for hospital based nurses and midwives to enhance their occupational jurisdiction. In this regard CAM is implicated in the professional projects of the practitioners although the relationship is a complex one. Policy developments since the late 1980s had promoted the idea of the nurse/midwife as a ‘Knowledgeable doer’ - a practitioner with independence and responsibility. In this context, CAM provided a domain in which practitioners could not only exercise some autonomy but also reclaim feminised aspects of their practice which they feared had been lost. However, long-standing gendered power relations within health care, the uncertain status of CAM, changes in governance, and the relationship between femininity and professionalisation, together limited the success of their project.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Sarah Cant
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2015 15:13
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 15:13

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