Learning Objective 1: Compare two similarities and differences from the findings of the research studies related to Good Work in Nursing and Professional Socialization and values clarification.
Learning Objective 2: Examine two implications for nursing education and research in good work and professional socialization in nursing for the preparation of the next generation of nurses.
Methods: Baccalaureate nursing graduates were given opportunity to reflect on personal values, beliefs, challenges, support systems, and strategies for overcoming obstacles impeding good work in their practice. These results from the Phase I research will be compared to the findings of a quantitative research study on professional socialization and value clarification of baccalaureate nursing students from the same program of study.
Results: The results from both studies validate the need for professional education to have opportunities for the neophyte to interact with the discipline’s professionals in order to learn certain aspects pertaining to patient care, concerns and issues of the practitioner, and interrelationships with other professional groups (Cohen, 1981).
Conclusions: Professional socialization is a complex process, which involves the internalization of the values and norms of the prescribed group into the individual’s own behavior and self-conception. Recommendations for nursing education will be discussed to maintain Good Work in Nursing.
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