Why study political science ?

What are some benefits of an interdisciplinary perspective ? How can studying political science help you be more effective in your own degree program or in your career (nursing)  ?

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Edward S. Greenberg; Benjamin I. Page

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Nursing is a political activity. Politics, in the broadest sense of the word, is part of all nurses’ lives, especially in the large institutions within which many of us work. It is therefore important that we think about power and politics. At the very least, we need to understand that the health sector is a highly politicized environment at both micro and macro levels, and that the health sector is not an apolitical or neutral site. As nurses, we have considerable power in this highly political arena.

Nurses are in a privileged position in that millions of people every day put their trust in nurses and assume that nurses will always work on the public’s behalf. When you become a nurse, you accept the obligations and expectations that go with being in that highly responsible and highly respected (particularly by the general public) role. When you become registered, you also accept all that registration carries with it in terms of commitment to a code of ethics, at the center of which is the safety and wellbeing of those for whom you care. Key to this is using the power that you have wisely, and being aware of the moral and ethical obligations you have because of this position of trust. Power is a concept that has many meanings and definitions, and different perceptions of power will influence both people’s actions and the outcomes of these actions.

Politics at state and national level is often thought of as only involving government. Governments are critical bodies for regulating behavior in that ‘government lays down the “rules of the game” in conflict and competition between individuals, organizations, and institutions within society’ ( Dye & Harrison 2005 (Links to an external site.) :198). But politics, seen as the exercise of power in the form of influence, is also part of everyday life.