Nursing through time and space

some challenges to the construct of community of practice

Christopher N. Candlin, Sally Candlin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter addresses a number of issues which relate to the construction over time and space of professional discourses within the practice of nursing. Discussion of these issues draws on the now well-established construct of communities of practice, first developed by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger (Lave and Wenger, 1991; Wenger, 1998) and now extensively adopted across a range of social, educational, human and management disciplines. One objective of the chapter is to draw on the discussion of nursing practice to offer a critical perspective on this contruct.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Discourse of hospital communication
Subtitle of host publicationtracing complexities in contemporary health care organizations
EditorsRick Iedema
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781403998484
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NamePalgrave studies in professional and organizational discourse
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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