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Ce que la dépendance fait au métier d'infirmière libérale : ethnographie d'une épreuve de professionnalité

Abstract : Since the early 2000s, French law has allowed self-employed nurses to decide which professionals will dispense continuity of care to dependent persons living at home. They have to decide whether an individual's situation requires nursing care or social intervention. The purpose of this thesis is to analyse how self-employed nurses working with dependent individuals have reconstructed the profession, based on an ethnographic survey involving semi-structured interviews, observations of professionals in the workplace, and professional writings.We have contributed to a sociology of professional groups on two counts. First, studying a modest profession exercised on a self-employed basis tells us that this is an essential element in terms of the professionalism of this profession by (partially) allowing nurses to determine the content, purpose and means of their own professional activity. Second, we will show that the context in which this profession is exercised with dependant individuals (whose working relationship, alongside social professionals, with individuals in the home is deemed "long-term") constitutes a challenge of professionalism for self-employed nurses. Self-employed nurses' self-determination is proven by the interactional relationship between both health care and social workers. A new space is therefore created between them, in which we observe, among other things, discussions on the dirty work, the abandon of nurses' models of thought in favour of the guidelines observed in social work, or even the way nurses consider dependence, and thus define it. This thesis demonstrates the dynamic of a real-life profession which opens up self-employed nurses to social professions.
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Véronique Feyfant. Ce que la dépendance fait au métier d'infirmière libérale : ethnographie d'une épreuve de professionnalité. Sociologie. Université Toulouse le Mirail - Toulouse II, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016TOU20121⟩. ⟨tel-01615483⟩



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