The young pioneers: first baccalaureate nursing students in the People's Republic of China

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  • Anne J Davis RN PhD FAAN,

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    1. Professor of Nursing, Department of Mental Health, Community and Administrative Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, USA
      Professor A J Davis, School of Nursing, Department of Menial Health, Community and Administrative Nursing University of California San Francisco. California 94143-0608, USA
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  • Lan Jun Gan RN BSN,

    1. Former Dean, Department of Nursing, Tianjin Medical College, People's Republic of China
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  • Ju Ying Lin RN BSN,

    1. Former President, Chinese Nursing Association, Beijing, People's Republic of China
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  • Virginia L Olesen PhD

    1. Professor of Sociology Department of Behaviourial Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, USA
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Professor A J Davis, School of Nursing, Department of Menial Health, Community and Administrative Nursing University of California San Francisco. California 94143-0608, USA

Abstract

Nursing in the People's Republic of China, like elsewhere, has undergone monumental changes during the 20th century This paper focuses on one of those changes by examining the professional socialization process of the first class from the first baccalaureate in nursing (BSN) programme in China since 1952 These data from this first BSN class are part of a larger study on professional socialization in which data were collected from four of the recently established 11 BSN programmes in China To put these data into a historical context, some highlights of Chinese nursing history are noted These will help us to understand the present-day situation in this the world's most populous nation

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