Changing practice: are memes the answer?
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Changing practice: are memes the answer?

Ramon Pediani Part-time PhD student, University College of St Martin’s, Lancaster, Victoria Hospital, Blackpool
Mike Walsh Reader in Nursing, Department of Nursing, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

Nurses are insistent that they have a great deal more to offer than being merely doctors handmaidens. This article examines how nursing education and practice can be changed by increasing our knowledge of ‘memes’–the cultural equivalent of genes–and the ways traditional beliefs are passed down to generations of nurses.

Nursing Standard. 14, 24,36-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2000.03.14.24.36.c2776

Published in print: 01 March 2000