Quiz 3: Beyond Professional Socialization


D Explanation: A nurse changing roles would be expected to experience resocialization, in which the nurse needs to redefine his or her professional identity to fit the new role.Administrative support in adapting to the new role via socialization is crucial to a successful transition.Learning the unspoken rules of the new role might be important depending on the organizational culture in which the nurse has taken an administrative role, but it would not be the best choice.Managing time and other people effectively is not the best choice because there is no information here suggesting that part of the new role includes directly managing others.Obtaining information about the new job would be important, but it would not be the best choice.

B Explanation: Students must incorporate the values, skills, behaviors, and norms appropriate to nursing into their self-identities in a process called socialization, which begins in nursing school and occurs again as nurses change roles or jobs.Professional and effective communication is a vital part of working in a multidisciplinary team, but it does not demonstrate socialization.Understanding legal and ethical standards is important to today's nurses, but this is not the best choice for two reasons: First, simply learning the standards is not enough; one must act on them.Second, this is not all that is involved in the socialization process.Being able to understand the complexities of the nursing role today is something that the student will not truly understand until immersed in the first job.This is not directly related to socialization into a profession such as nursing.

C Explanation: Socialization occurs at three important points in a nurse's career: when a new graduate leaves the educational setting and begins work as a professional nurse; when an experienced nurse changes work settings; and when the nurse takes on new roles, such as returning to school.The hope is that graduates will leave school with changes in behaviors and attitudes that reflect their new status as baccalaureate-prepared nurses.It would be important for graduates to have a strong understanding of the subjects they encounter when they are back in school, but this choice is too narrow to support meeting broad goals.Nurses articulating that the BSN should be required are too narrow in focus to demonstrate that the program's goals have been met.