Transference in the nurse-patient relationship

Evans, Alicia 2007, Transference in the nurse-patient relationship, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 189-195, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2007.01062.x.

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Title Transference in the nurse-patient relationship
Author(s) Evans, Alicia
Journal name Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 189
End page 195
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Weinheim, Germany
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1351-0126
Keyword(s) Freud
nurse–patient relationship
therapeutic relationship
Summary The therapeutic relationship has been considered foundational to psychiatric nursing practice since at least the mid-20th century. However, this does not, in itself, guarantee either its continuity or relevance to current practice. Concepts such as the therapeutic relationship require sustained attention, both in theory and in practice, to illustrate ongoing relevance to the discipline. This paper addresses the therapeutic relationship in psychiatric nursing via aspects of psychoanalytic theory, particularly the notion of transference, as theorized by both Freud and Lacan. Two case fragments provide practice material, through which transference in the nurse–patient relationship is explored. The nurse, in the context of his/her relationship with the patient, a sick stranger, offers both a listening and the potential development of transference. This transference can be experienced, in part, as a form of attachment to the nurse, one that is not regarded pejoratively as dependency. There is the potential, within the nurse–patient relationship, for a psychical holding to develop, one from within which both the patient can speak and transference might arise. It is argued that listening to the patient has the potential to assist the patient and, with the development of transference, can provide the context for important work.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2007.01062.x
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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