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dc.contributor.author Fealy, Gerard M.
dc.contributor.author Hegarty, Josephine
dc.contributor.author McNamara, Martin
dc.contributor.author Casey, Mary
dc.contributor.author O'Leary, Denise
dc.contributor.author Kennedy, Catriona
dc.contributor.author O'Reilly, Pauline
dc.contributor.author O'Connell, Rhona
dc.contributor.author Brady, Anne-Marie
dc.contributor.author Nicholson, Emma
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-29T11:45:09Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Fealy, G, Hegarty, J, McNamara, M, Casey, M, O'Leary, D, Kennedy, C, O'Reilly, P, O'Connell, R, Brady, A, & Nicholson, E (2018) ''Discursive constructions of professional identity in policy and regulatory discourse''. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, . en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6928
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Aim To examine and describe disciplinary discourses conducted through professional policy and regulatory documents in nursing and midwifery in Ireland. Background A key tenet of discourse theory is that group identities are constructed in public discourses and these discursively‐constructed identities become social realities. Professional identities can be extracted from both the explicit and latent content of discourse. Studies of nursing's disciplinary discourse have drawn attention to a dominant discourse that confers nursing with particular identities, which privilege the relational and affective aspects of nursing and in the process, marginalise scientific knowledge and the technical and body work of nursing. Design We used critical discourse analysis to analyse a purposive sample of nursing and midwifery regulatory and policy documents. Method We applied a four‐part, sequential approach to analysing the selected texts. This involved identifying key words, phrases and statements that indicated dominant discourses that, in turn, revealed latent beliefs and assumptions. The focus of our analysis was on how the discourses construct professional identities. Findings Our analysis indicated recurring narratives that appeared to confer nurses and midwives with three dominant identities: ‘the knowledgeable practitioner’, the ‘interpersonal practitioner’ and the ‘accountable practitioner’. The discourse also carried assumptions about the form and content of disciplinary knowledge. Conclusions Academic study of identity construction in discourse is important to disciplinary development by raising nurses’ and midwives’ consciousness, alerting them to the ways that their own discourse can shape their identities, influence public and political opinion and, in the process, shape public policy on their professions. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Advanced Nursing;74 (9), pp. 2157-2166
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13723
dc.rights This is the author version of the following article en_US
dc.rights This is the author version of the following article Discursive constructions of professional identity in policy and regulatory discourse. Fealy G, Hegarty JM, McNamara M, Casey M1, O'Leary D, Kennedy C, O'Reilly P, O'Connell R, Brady AM, Nicholson E. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2018 Which has been published in final form at: https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13723 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html#terms
dc.subject nursing en_US
dc.subject midwifery en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject professional en_US
dc.subject discourse en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject regulation en_US
dc.title Discursive constructions of professional identity in policy and regulatory discourse en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-06-27T13:24:22Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/jan.13723
dc.contributor.sponsor Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland en_US
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2019-05-23
dc.embargo.terms 2019-05-23 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2853016
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal Of Advanced Nursing
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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