To not talk about sexuality. Nurses’ avoidance and out of work socialisations
Although sexuality is one of the most problematic dimensions of quality of life during and after cancer, healthcare professionals struggle to address this issue with patients. Our survey of nurses working in oncology departments shows that, far from the precepts of the “global approach”, a central value of the nursing role which involves caring for patients in their entire relationship to health, sexuality is rarely addressed. While several elements contribute to this taboo (e.g. working conditions, lack of training), our results show that understanding the out of work socialisations (e.g. family, religious) and affective and sexual biographies of careers is particularly fecund for grasping its ins and outs. Propensities to talk about sexuality are inseparable from social dispositions shaped over a long period of time that influence the way in which individuals invest their role as health professionals.
Pierre Brasseur, Cécile Thomé, Milena Jakšić
Terrains & travaux Volume 40, Issue 1, January 2022 «Dire la sexualité», pages 43 to 65
Work – carrer – professions
Health – medicine