Arbejdets subjektive betydning hos nyuddannede sygeplejersker på en ortopædkirurgisk afdeling

Marete Asmussen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The thesis examines how newly qualified young nurses experience their first encounter with the work of a nurse on a public department of orthopaedics and surgery in a Danish hospital. The thesis analyzes the interplay between the nurses’ actual experiences of work and the subjective meaning of work. With inspiration from Fritz Schützes life historical approach to the interplay between the individual, the life history and the society, the empirical data for the thesis consists of life historical interviews with 3 young newly qualified nurses with 7 to 12 months of experience. The interviews are analyzed on the background of the psychoanalytical socialpsychology and the perspective of the interplay between work and subjectivity in this theory. The thesis analyzes the nurses’ subjective way of coping with the contradictories of work. The nurses’ different ways of coping with work is discussed in the light of the mechanisms of defence and adaptation of the everyday life consciousness and the concept of ambivalence tolerance. The connection between the objective structures of work and the nurses’ experience of having a subjec-tive meaningful work is discussed. It is concluded, that even though the conditions of work seems to have a considerable impact on the nurses’ feelings of having a subjective meaningful work, the individual nurse’s reaction to the conditions of work, is also strongly embedded in her life historical experiences.

UddannelserPædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 feb. 2008
VejledereBetina Dybbroe


  • sygeplejersker, arbejdets subjektive betydning, Schütze, Leithaüser, Volmerg, psykoanalytisk socialpsykologi, livshistorie