Running head: SOCIALIZATION IN NURSING 1
According to our nursing text written by Creasia and Friberg (2011), “socialization is the process of learning and incorporating acquired values, skills, behaviors, and norms appropriate to nursing practice into individual professional identity. The process of socialization may begin at various times: (1) when a new graduate is no longer a student and has become a professional nurse; (2) when the role of the nurse who’s previously employed in the healthcare setting changes; (3) when the experienced nurse returns to the educational setting to obtain higher learning” ( p. 44). Socialization requires adaptation to change. To better understand socialization and it’s process as it relates to my personal experience in the transition from being a regular person-- student, mother, employee-- to being a professional nurse, I will share how I was socialized into nursing and how my practice was impacted by my education, those who instructed me, my classmates and eventually my peers. This transition evoked me to think differently, act differently, and speak differently as I became different.
My Socialization in Nursing
I was a single mother at the age of 16 and a high school drop-out. I moved here to North Carolina in 1991 and was employed by restaurants, a furniture company, and factories. Prior to moving to this state, my mother had become ill and I assisted my aunts with her care. This was my first experience in providing aid for someone who was ill and I enjoyed the responsibility. According to the Kent Library (Into.ppt), “socialization involves exposure to new ideas about nursing, health, wellness, illness, and caring for clients and challenging of old ideas. It is a lifelong process shaped by curriculum, faculty, and nursing programs attended. Socialization is a...