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The Influence of Power in the Canadian Healthcare System

Seenandan-Sookdeo, Kendra-Ann I. BN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e31824590ba
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This article presents a review of the literature as it relates to the influence of the word power in the context of the Canadian healthcare system. The concept of power is used to explore issues of gender and the evolution of advanced nurse practice in the development of the Canadian healthcare system. Furthermore, issues related to the call for interprofessional collaboration are addressed. Healthcare workers, in particular nurses, are trusted in a society that seeks, promotes, and aspires for power and control. In addition, societal norms continue to shape our healthcare reform. As a consequence, the discussion centers on a call for true collaboration among our healthcare providers and concludes with implications for nursing.

Author Affiliation: Research Associate and Teaching Assistant, University of Manitoba Helen Glass Centre for Nursing; Translational Research Nurse, CancerCare Manitoba–Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology–Breast and Ovarian Bio-Bank; and Breast Clinic Nurse, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority–Breast Health Centre, Canada.

The author is grateful for educational scholarships received for graduate studies from the following: (1) the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Development of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice in Cancer Care, Palliative Care and Cancer Prevention Chair Award held by Dr Lesley Degner, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, (2) the Marion Saydak Memorial Scholarship, and (3) the Foundation of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, Inc.

The author dedicates this work to her belated paternal grandma, Agnes Marion Jodhan-Boodhoo Seenandan, who was raised at Ursuline Convent by the nuns in Guyana, South America. Prior to having her own family, she devoted herself to the nursing profession.

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Kendra-Ann I. Seenandan-Sookdeo, BN, RN, Cancer-Care Manitoba–Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology, Manitoba Breast/Ovarian Bio-Bank, 6025-675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E OV9, Canada (;

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.