Socialization into Nursing
Winston – Salem State University
January 21, 2013
This paper explores the process of how nurses are socialized into their profession and how my own personal socialization process has shaped my nursing career. Using Benner’s Model of socialization, I plan to explore my own personal journey from Novice to Expert reflecting the changes in my career that were supported by his five stages or levels of proficiency. Each level produced its own challenges within each new role or level that was obtained. My own feelings about the socialization process have been exemplified and as my journey into professional nursing begins, I plan to increase my awareness of factors that may have influenced my nursing practice as a Novice and focus on the skills, knowledge, and values of the profession as an Expert.
After reviewing the definition of socialization, and reading through our Nursing 2312 course materials, I found myself reflecting on my Nursing career and how my Professional Socialization into the field of Nursing was shaped. According to the BusinessDictionary.com, Socialization is the: Process by which individuals acquire the knowledge, language, social skills, and value to conform to the norms and roles required for integration into a group or community. It is a combination of both self-imposed (because the individual wants to conform) and externally-imposed rules, and the expectations of others. In an organizational setting, socialization refers to the process through which a new employee “learns the ropes,” by becoming sensitive to the formal and informal power structure and the explicit and implicit rules of behavior (BusinessDictionary.com, 2010). I remember as a child, the deep desire to be a nurse. I have always felt that I have a “big heart” coupled with the desire to care for others. I have grown up in church where there were many of my parent’s friends who were in the medical field, and I also had family members who were nurses on my mother’s side of the family. In reviewing a book of my childhood memories called My School Years, there were recordings of my teachers for the year, my likes and dislikes, new friends, school pictures, and my report cards for the year. My mom allowed me to fill in the sections of “what I want to be when I grow up”. A nurse, or something in the medical profession, came up in those recordings more often than anything else. I also grew up with a cousin, whom I was very close to, who was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. He required many surgeries as a young child, was paralyzed from the waist down, and had a shunt to reduce the swelling on his brain. His parents took care of him, never put him in a home or required any other assistance such as a home health agency or an aide. He stayed with his grandmother until he was allowed to attend school in a special education classroom. The older I got, the more I wanted to learn more about how to help take care of him. I babysat him and his younger brother many weekends for his parents to be able to go out on occasion. When I would be out of school early due to exams or something of that sort, I would often go to his school to “volunteer” with his class. The passion I felt for helping others grew as I grew and once in high school, I signed up for Health Occupations to help further my education in the health field. Once I graduated high school and started college, I took a course to become a Certified Nursing Assistant so that I could work while I was going to school. I felt that this would help broaden my choices in Nursing and give me a little more experience. Now, this is a requirement before actually being accepted to many of the Nursing programs. I went to classes during the day and worked as a CNA in the Emergency Department in the evenings and...
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