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Authors

  1. Tengelin, Ellinor Med Lic
  2. Bulow, Pia H. PhD
  3. Berndtsson, Ina PhD
  4. Lyckhage, Elisabeth Dahlborg PhD

Abstract

The documents and literature that regulate nursing education are based on certain values and knowledge, and the underlying power in the curriculum raises the question of how health care professionals are molded during the course of their education. Norm criticism is a concept with its roots in critical pedagogy and gender and queer studies, emphasizing the origins as well as the consequences of marginalization, power, and knowledge of what is generally accepted as "normal" and "true." Norm criticism is used in this article to analyze the documents and literature underlying a nursing program in Sweden, which are shown to include a sometimes politically correct rhetoric, but one lacking a firm basis in social justice values.