Social Science and Nursing Blog Launched

AFTER THE SUCCESS of the first Social Science and Nursing seminar in Inverness we are thrilled to launch our new Social Science and Nursing blog.

Today marks a turning point for the Social Science and Nursing website. Up to now the website has largely been a way to promote the seminar series and attract folks to come along to the individual seminars.

With the launch of the blog, the website starts to transform into a resource for nurse educators and social scientists alike. Our hope is that this blog sits at the heart of a vibrant conversation between the social sciences and nurse education – a hub for a noisy discussion between educators and students, social scientists and nurses.

The questions the blog poses are simple:

  1. How can the social sciences contribute to nurse education?
  2. How can nurse education contribute to the social sciences?

The answers are many. And that’s why the blog needs you.

We want to hear your ideas – positive or critical, theoretical or practical, long or short. This blog is for discussion about anything and everything that contributes to closer engagement between social science and nurse education.

So, whether you are a social scientist, a nurse, a lecturer, a student, this is the place to share your views.

And we are especially keen that students find a home here.

We see the blog as an entry-point to academic debate and a challenge to its conventions. Blogs are free from the rules of academic papers, which as any academic will tell you take time to learn. As a student, blogging can enable you to start engaging meaningfully and critically with academic debate – and specifically debate about the way you are taught to be a nurse, a geographer, a sociologist, and so on – something clearly close to your heart.

So much of our thinking – particularly the stuff that challenges or pushes into new ground – is done fairly privately before a reasonably polished argument works its way into a published editorial or a peer-reviewed paper. This blog allows all that work – the thinking, the debating, the critiquing, the challenging – to be done publicly, and for others to contribute to shape our thinking, and ultimately the future of nurse and social science education. Now that’s something pretty special to be part of.

And along the way by contributing to the blog – whether as a student or educator – you will set down clear markers of your thinking which, on reflection, will show you how far you – and we all – have come.

Our hope for our Social Science and Nursing blog is that as thinking shifts and changes – and is challenged – during the next five seminars that we will be able to look back two years hence and see just how far that thinking has travelled. And that we will all see just how important our role in progressing academic debate has been.

Over the next few weeks individuals who were involved in the first seminar will be sharing their thoughts sparked by our conversations in Inverness. And we’d encourage you to jot down your ideas and responses, however fleeting or partially formed, and pass them along to us to add to the blog.

You can send blog posts to We look forward to hearing and sharing your thoughts on the blog and via our twitter account @SocSciNursing

Come join the conversation.


  1. Many thanks to Richard and Iain for the first seminar, a really great day! My first observation is that reading the social sciences can be emancipatory. It can truly challenge some long held and cherished assumptions and values that we take for granted. Students of nursing come into their studies with a wide varity of ideas, ideals and knowledge. Challenging those things that we think we know, is part of the process of personal growth and self development. This is one answer to the question ‘what is education for?’ This is a great starting point. I recommened also getting to grips with C Wright Mills’ ‘The Sociological Imagination’ – read chapter 1 ‘The promise’. Read it carefully and give it some thought because it will really pay off. I have written about its application to health here:

    and here:

    The SI gives you a new way of loking at your world and opnes up thinking and critique.


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