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From MIDI to Malay-Muslim-friendly: Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia’s journey in Malaysianising its nursing uniform

Saidun, Salilah and Akhmetova, Elmira (2020) From MIDI to Malay-Muslim-friendly: Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia’s journey in Malaysianising its nursing uniform. Kajian Malaysia (Journal of Malaysian Studies), 38 (2). pp. 1-24. ISSN 0127-4082 E-ISSN 2180-4273

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Abstract

Nursing uniforms have undergone various metamorphoses since Malaysia gained independence. This article presents the process of transforming the nursing uniform at the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) between 1983 and 2017. In this historical case study, content analysis was conducted on the data obtained through library research and face-to-face interviews. The HUSM nursing uniform evolution can be categorised into three phases: the inauguration of the unique HUSM image and the negotiation for Malay-Muslim-friendly nursing uniforms (from 1983 to the mid-1990s); the officiation of the Malay-Muslim-friendly nursing uniform (from the mid-1990s to 2011); and the enhancement of the HUSM image (from 2011 to 2017). With the evolution of the Malay-Muslim dressing norms during the specific time frame, various obstacles arose, but the HUSM continuously improved its nursing uniform in terms of practicality, professional image and Malay-Muslim features. The process of advocating for a Malay-Muslim friendly uniform in the post-colonial period was challenging, although Malay-Muslims account for the majority of the population and Islam is the official religion of Malaysia. HUSM has demonstrated practicality in blending the local dressing norms within the professional dress codes while maintaining good standards of practice in healthcare

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7311/84490
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing uniform history, religious accommodation, cultural accommodation, Islamic healthcare dress code, Malay-Muslim women
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP173.44 Human Rights In Islam
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.77 Islam and work
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA966 Medical Centers. Hospitals. Dispensaries. Clinics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of History & Civilization
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Elmira Akhmetova
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 15:13
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2020 15:13
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/84490

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