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feminism, information systems, technology, work environment, work redesign



  1. Rinard, Ruth G. RN, PhD


This study examines the impact of three waves of technological change that swept nursing from 1950 to 1990.It suggests that the response to these changes was rooted in a positivistic stance toward skills as knowledge and a reiteration of culturally held views of natural feminine skills. It further argues that such a stance was inadequate to forestall deskilling and that a sociohistorical understanding of the cultural construction of both skill and gender provides a broader understanding of the impact of technological change.