Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
This article argues that in the current setting of nursing practice, therapeutic touch should be treated as a religious practice. The article examines the religious sources of the ideas and documents the connection with the teachings of particular religious groups. Recognizing therapeutic touch as a religious issue requires new kinds of approaches in the practice and teaching of therapeutic touch in nursing.
BACKGROUND: Standard histories of the nurse training school movement have focused on national leaders and organizations and have generally not included Catholic sisters, even though nuns had established approximately 220 nursing schools by 1915. OBJECTIVES: This study asks how Catholic sisters used their distinct understanding of nursing to shape their nursing schools and the nurse training movement in the United States between 1890 and 1920.
Forty-three medical students and 78 nursing students each filled out four copies of the Interpersonal Check List. The subjects described self, ideal self as physician or nurse, and typical and ideal work partner. For each questionnaire the two summary scores Dom and Lov were computed. The results indicate a discrepancy between concepts of self and ideal self and the results also point to considerable disagreement between medical students and nursing students about their roles on the physician-nurse team.
After some exploration of caring as a socio-historical construct, the author examines the changing conception of caring in nursing between Florence Nightingale's day and our own. The place of the older and emergent meanings in the work of some of the recognized nursing theorists is critically examined. A distinction is drawn between a science for caring and a science of caring and some of the problems of conceptualizing and developing a science of caring are explored.
In keeping with the CafÈs philosophy of reciprocal transformation, the students and guests both were effected and changed by the encounter. The guests actively participated in the intervention, discussed HIV risk-reduction behaviors, and shared their knowledge with others. Participation in the onsite HIV testing project increased, and the guests, CafÈ staff, and the program coordinator of the agency providing HIV testing expressed gratitude for the student intervention. The students were effected as well.
This article describes events that illustrate why Dr Kathleen Dracup is an extraordinary mentor to students and colleagues. Her commitment to the advancement of her students and colleagues, her gentle but persistent encouragement to grow, and her generosity in providing pivotal opportunities are highlighted. Examples of her important contributions with students to cardiovascular research and successes enjoyed by students as a result of their relationships with Dr Dracup are presented.
This article reports a follow-up study of Norwegian nursing students entitled 'The helping motive an important goal for choosing nursing education'. It presents and discusses a significant ambiguity within the altruistic helping motive of 301 nursing students in the light of classical and modern virtue ethics. A quantitative longitudinal survey design was used to study socialization and building professional identity. The follow-up study began after respondents had completed more than two-and-a-half years of the three-year educational programme.
In the current U.S. health care system, both good health and a higher quality of health care are more likely to be experienced by those who have access to money, power, and privilege. Consequently, serious health disparities exist between the rich and poor, White people and people of color, and men and women. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has made explicit the values that form the cornerstone of professional nursing: altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.