The ‘mindless’ relationship between nursing homes and emergency departments: what do Bourdieu and Freire have to offer?

Authors


Dr Rose McCloskey, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of New Brunswick, P.O. Box 5050, Saint John, NB E2L 4L5, Canada. E-mail: <Rose.McCloskey@unb.ca>

Abstract

McCLOSKEY R. Nursing Inquiry 2011; 18: 154–164
The ‘mindless’ relationship between nursing homes and emergency departments: what do Bourdieu and Freire have to offer?

This paper explicates the long-standing and largely unquestioned adversarial relationship between nurses working in the nursing home (NH) and the emergency department (ED). Drawing on the author’s own research on resident ED transfers, this paper reports on the conflict and tension that can arise when residents transfer between the two settings. The theoretical concepts of mindlessness, habitus, social capital and oppression are deployed to understand the contextual nature of the social relations that exist between NH and ED practitioners and between practitioners and residents. This theoretical discussion offers the potential to uncover the social relations that give rise to problematic transfers which may lead to alternative and more productive NH to ED transfers.

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