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The (in)visible ‘mother’: Diabetes specialist nurses in Swedish primary healthcare
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2019 (English)In: Nordic journal of nursing research, ISSN 2057-1585, E-ISSN 2057-1593, Vol. 39, no 1, p. 29-37Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to explore how diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs) discursively construct and reconstruct their professional position in their working relationships with physicians and thereby the relation with patients in primary healthcare in Sweden. Twenty-nine DSNs working in diabetes care from 21 primary healthcare centres were included in focus-group interviews. The interviews were analysed using discourse analysis. From a social constructionist perspective, findings showed that the working relationship between the DSNs, physicians and thereby the relation with patients was discursively constructed as a relationship within a gendered discourse. The DSNs constructed their subject position metaphorically as ‘mothers’ in this relationship. The construction of doing gender implies that the DSNs became visible as biological women, but invisible in being perceived as competent, well-educated professionals, because skills such as multitasking and versatility are often associated with female abilities.

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Sage Publications, 2019. Vol. 39, no 1, p. 29-37
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diabetes, discourse, gender, nurse, relationship
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158357DOI: 10.1177/2057158518775627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158357DiVA, id: diva2:1306991
Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-04-25 Last updated: 2019-04-26Bibliographically approved

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