This paper represents some of the findings from a study of expatriate nurses working in developing countries.
The aim of the study was to identify the value orientations of Western nurses and to suggest to what extent those values influenced practice.
A values clarification exercise was carried out and classified within Kluckhohn and Strodbeck's values orientation continuum (1961, Variations in Value Orientations.
Row Paterson & Co., New York).
Western nurses saw themselves as knowing what was right for others.
They were essentially activists seeking to « do » many things focusing on individuals while at the same time working towards community planning.
Western nurses although powerless to alter the values of the system within which they worked were able to initiate change.
Mots-clés Pascal : Infirmier, Personnel sanitaire, Homme, Mission professionnelle, Pays en développement, Soin santé primaire, Valeur existentielle, Norme sociale, Milieu culturel, Changement attitude
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Nurse, Health staff, Human, Professional responsability, Developing countries, Primary health care, Existential value, Social norm, Cultural environment, Attitude change
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