Managing nurses through disciplinary power: a Foucauldian analysis of workplace violence
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2008
© 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 352–359, April 2008
How to Cite
ST-PIERRE, I. and HOLMES, D. (2008), Managing nurses through disciplinary power: a Foucauldian analysis of workplace violence. Journal of Nursing Management, 16: 352–359. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2007.00812.x
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2008
- Accepted for publication: 12 July 2007
- workplace violence
Aims This paper describes discipline as a specific technique of power which constitutes, in our view, a form of institutional violence.
Background The need to create and maintain safe and healthy work environments for healthcare professionals is well documented.
Evaluation Foucault’s concept of disciplinary power was used to explore institutional violence from a critical perspective.
Key issue Violence is identified as an important factor in the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals. Given the shortage of such professionals, there is an urgent need to take a fresh look at their working environments and working conditions.
Conclusion Power, surveillance and disciplinary techniques are used at all levels of hospital management to control and contain both human resources and costs.
Implications for nursing management By associating common workplace practices with institutional violence, employers who have a policy of zero tolerance toward workplace violence will need to re-examine their current ways of operating.