A research-based mantra for compassionate caring

Terry, L., Newham, R., Atherley, S., Hahessy, S., Babenko-Mould, Y., Evans, M., Ferguson, K., Carr, G. and Cedar, S. (2017) A research-based mantra for compassionate caring. Nurse Education Today, 58. pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

Background: The United Kingdom introduced the Six C′s strategy to help address deficits in approaching nursing
care in a compassionate and caring manner.

Objective: To identify the book, article, poem, film or play that most influenced nurse educators' understanding
of care and compassion and to articulate a clearer understanding of compassionate caring.

Design: A qualitative study applying discourse analysis to respondents' questionnaires and their nominated
narrative.

Settings and Participants: 41 nurse educators working in 5 universities in the UK (n =3), Republic of Ireland and
Canada participated. 39 items (10 books, 2 journal articles, 10 poems, 15 films and 2 plays) were nominated.

Findings: The desire to understand others and how to care compassionately characterised choices. Three main
themes emerged. Abandonment of, and failure to see, the suffering person was evident in 25 narratives.
Connecting with others was shown in 25 narratives as being able to truly seeing the other person. Comforting
others was supported by 37 narratives with examples of kindness and compassion.

Conclusion: Published narratives are valuable in developing compassionate responses. An annotated list is
provided with suggestions for educational uses to help develop compassionate caring in student nurses.
Compassionate, caring nurses recognise that patients need them to "See who I am; Be present with me; Do not abandon me."

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RT Nursing > RT85 Nursing ethics
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > Practice Learning Unit
Depositing User: Ms Siobhan Atherley
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 14:19
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 14:25
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16212

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