So Much More Than a Job: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of Healthcare Work
Nathan Gerard 1 *
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1 Department of Health Care Administration, California State University, Long Beach, USA* Corresponding Author

Abstract

This paper explores the utility of psychoanalysis for understanding the underlying meaning of healthcare work. At times deeply fulfilling, while at other times demanding and thankless, the provision of healthcare takes a unique toll on the psyche. Psychoanalysis is particularly suited for highlighting the paradoxical character of healthcare work because of its focus on the unconscious, emotional and irrational aspects of psychic life. Exploring the latent meaning of healthcare work, as well as the complex interplay between work and worker, allows for deeper insight into contemporary issues of healthcare management and organization.

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Article Type: Research Article

EUR J ENV PUBLIC HLT, 2017, Volume 1, Issue 2, Article No: 09

https://doi.org/10.20897/ejeph/81156

Publication date: 30 Dec 2017

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