Nursing history of the health professions

We have focused on a number of important themes in relation to the history of the health professions: conflicts about the content of curriculum and purpose of educational programs; characteristics of professionalism and socialization within the profession (e.g., total institution or mortification of the self); various health professions? struggles over control in the workplace; autonomy; income; race, ethnic, and gender conflicts; health professional/patient relationships and the covenant of trust; the rise of patient-centered education within the health care system; the importance of interprofessional collaboration in caring for patients; social responsibility of health professionals in the context of health disparities; the delivery of health care services in the context of a ?medical home? model; and new roles of health professionals in the implementation of health system reform A list of the social characteristics of the health professions can also be found on the last page of the instructions for this take-home essay assignment. (Also see list of ?Social Characteristics of Health Professions and Professionalism? below.

Drawing upon course readings discuss aspects of some of the above themes in relation to how they are focused on in a newspaper, journal of opinion, or professional journal article which you have located to discuss.

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