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Care : what nurses say and what nurses do

Warelow, P., Edward, K. and Vinek, J. 2008, Care : what nurses say and what nurses do, Holistic nursing practice, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 146-153.

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Title Care : what nurses say and what nurses do
Author(s) Warelow, P.
Edward, K.
Vinek, J.
Journal name Holistic nursing practice
Volume number 22
Issue number 3
Start page 146
End page 153
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 0887-9311
1550-5138
Keyword(s) nursing as a profession
nursing practice
nursing theory
sex factors
Watson's theory of caring
Summary Caring is neither simply a set of attitudes or theories, nor does it comprise all that nurses do. Nursing care is determined by the way nurses use knowledge and skills to appreciate the uniqueness of the person they are caring for (changing the care noun into a caring verb). The purpose of this article is to present a range of contemporary nurse theorists' ideas on caring and to examine these ideas using the backdrop of nursing as practiced in both Australia and Canada to demonstrate a range of national and international similarities and theoretical beliefs. Caring relationships set up the conditions of trust that enable the one receiving the care to accept the help offered, underpinning the nurse-patient relationship or the therapeutic relationship. Caring is always specific and relational such as that found in the nurse-patient relationship. We believe that caring theory has much to offer nursing practice worldwide. Caring must be considered in the caring context because the nature of the caring relationship is central to most nursing interventions. Nurses need to be able to actually practice caring rather than just theorize about it-using caring theories to inform their practice.
Notes Cover date : May-June 2008
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017093

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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