This is a facinating idea that would be a great research project. Yes, nursing itself is a subculture- it does have it's own language, group imposed 'accepted'norms of behaviors(I'm not saying they are right) rules, beliefs( not saying their right either), group imposed acceptable style( if you go to a new job wearing white dansko
's from your last job, your preceptor admonishes you to not wear them again- "get a pair of sneakers"). I see nursing as a counterculture - kind of like the hippies were. that whole philosophy of "don't trust anyone over 30 mentality. There really is no room in nursing for self expression, being who you are, conformist behavior to fit in. If you don't act, think and feel like the group you are working with- it's professional suicide. They are very critical and hypocritical. They talk out both sides of their mouth. How can one group proclaim to be all for the paitent/wave the banner of humanity/ we are the greatest because we are nurses yet sit down and go through co-workers charts to write them up for the sole purpose of getting that person terminated, deliberately picking arguments with a singled out co-worker and never looking back on the damage we've done to someone.. and all the other acts of sabotoge and genuine evil spirited ness. (the abusive husband who hits his wife and tells her it's for her own good) Proclaiming to be so responsible yet are very irresponsible. And if you don't behave in the same way, you become the target.
There are personality types in the different specialities- Ed nurses are a certain personality(treat em'and street 'em) ICU nurses- pure ADD- ever try to have a conversation with an ICU nurse that's more than 5 words?. Trama nurses- I'm told their a tough crowd. Onc nurses- quiter, more pristine and calmer in manner. The specialites could be said to be subcultures in the nursing culture. Each speciality stays to them self, very possessive. Don't be a tele nurse friends with a med/surg nurse- that is stopped at the first time your seen talking to each other. It's pounded into your head- 'your a critical care nurse', 'the creme del la creme' of the hospital. You don't associate with thoses 'below' you. The nursing management- there's another collection. They don't know who they are. They didn't want to touch a patient, my guess is because they were incompetent to begin with and knew it deep down right in nursing school, put in the least amout of time at the beside they could and the wanted to play ball with the corporate world- the "Wanna Bees" but keep the RN after their name because it makes then feel good in their neighborhood and at PTA. They use phrases that are inappropriate to the nursing world-"Nurse driven"( like they were working for the toyota company) "engaged"( where's the big diamond ring) 'that being said"( that's a nauseating statement if I ever heard one)all gussied up like they had an appointment posing for Vogue magazine and faces as frozen as old Joan Rivers after her plastic surgeries( highlighted, sprayed and laquered, lip glossed and manicured and mean as dirt.)
Nursing is a facinating study in sociology and psych.