Personal Narrative: Developing Professional Identity

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Developing Professional Identity

Within this essay I will consider my knowledge and understanding of two professions within the health and social care context as I begin my career in health service. I will look at the roles and perceptions of an adult nurse and social worker as they are play an integral part together. I will look at how my views have been formed, seeing through the influence of mass media, family views and personal experience, and also how my views have changed since entering university and starting my training in adult nursing.
I decided to become a qualified nurse after the work as a Clinical Support Worker. I found working within care that is something that comes as second nature to me, the way I think and
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This view was heavily influenced by the media as for at least the past 40 years. Nurses have been portrayed as sex objects both on television and in the movies. In fact, movies in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s illustrated the nurses wearing miniskirts, low-cut tops and high heels. An example of a nurse sex symbol is the character of Margaret of ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan played within the M.A.S.H (1970) television series. They had the perception of nurses that they were bimbos and objects of extracurricular activity. Developing through the years the media have also shaped the stereotype of nurses as the battle-axe or matron figure an overweight, asexual, fearsome female who was of a tyrannical nature (Hall and Ritchie, 2009). They have also presumed that nurses were very bossy, stern and firm in their position, like a matron figure that Hattie Jacques acted in the Carry on Film (Carry on nurse, 1959). It seemed that nurses were more worried about working in a clan and tidy ward than caring for patients and making them feel comfortable or showing empathy towards their…show more content…
Unlike the nurses found in the medical romance youthfulness, purity and naivety, delicate, skilful and capable women (De Vries, 1995). The media unfortunately influences our ideas about health care and actually creates values and opinions about professionals through television shows and dramas (Summers and Summers 2010).
My views of social workers before coming to the United Kingdom gave me impression that all social workers do is sit around in an office doing paperwork or that they go out and take the children away from their family. The view of social workers in the United Kingdom, was highlighted in a recent survey of social workers (Community Care 2009), is that the media treats social work and social workers unfairly, focusing on what are considered to be disappointments or injustices acts made by social workers and just reporting bad news.
I have faced many stereotypes before enrolling onto adult nursing programme and unfortunately some of them they have not been so good. The media is a powerful vehicle for shaping social attitudes and sending important messages to the

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