Essay on Why Sociology Is Important to Nursing

986 Words Feb 5th, 2009 4 Pages
1) Introduction

As an introduction, generally, sociology is mainly the study of society, communities and people whereas nursing is a profession which focused on assisting individuals, families, and communities in attaining, maintaining and recovering optimal health and functioning.

In this assignment, I will describe the definition of Sociology, the definition of nursing and explain why sociology is very important and is relevant to nursing practice. I hope this assignment will show the relevance of sociology to nursing practice and that will develop more professional and very reliable nurses.

2) Definition of Sociology

“Sociology” comes from the Latin word Socius (companion) and the ending
–ology from the Greek logos (word).
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Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.

Hence, teaching healthcare towards common people is an important nursing function as nursing is involved mostly with health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration and the care of dying. These are the qualities which are essential and required by society nowadays.

4) Why is sociology important to nursing practice?

Sociology is just as valuable and important to nursing as is psychology is. Sociology helps a nurse understand what makes people "tick" the same way psychology does. The only difference is that sociology does it from a "group" or "community" perspectives. Sociology explores the issues of genders, social classes, stratification, families and economic policies which have impacts on health care and nursing.

The information gleaned by even a cursory study in those fields could contribute toward being a kinder and gentler nurse. All of above are important because besides medical knowledge, a nurse really needs to be kind, sympathetic and compassionate. In addition, there are currently many ethical questions in medicine which can be partially covered through the study of sociology such as social welfare disaster such as homelessness.

Sociology will give a nurse knowledge and experience on how to deal with everyone better and to give the nurse better…