Politics and nursing: an elective experience


  • Georgina Taylor MSc BA(Hons) RGN RCNT Cert Ed(FE) Dip N

    1. Nurse Teacher, North London College of Health Studies, North Middlesex Education Centre, North Middlesex Hospital, Sterling Way, London N18 1QX, England
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The case for enhancing the political awareness of nurses is reviewed, examining the need for the inclusion of political issues in nurse education programmes A brief review of the available literature from North America reveals that some schools of nursing have made progress in including aspects of politics in nursing curricula, either as part of a course on health policy or as a separate elective course Topics addressed in these courses, and experiences offered, aim to raise awareness and equip nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in politics at a variety of levels An account is offered of the experience of running a 4-week theoretical elective course entitled ‘Politics and nursing’ as part of the Common Foundation Programme of a Project 2000 course in a college of nursing based in North London, England