Humanistic Nursing

Meta-theoretical Essays on Practice

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Co-author: Loretta Zderad
Published: 1976
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,445 / 185 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.1
LoC Category: RT
Downloads: 4,423
Added to site: 2008.04.09
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Origin: gutenberg.org
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Concisely, humanistic nursing practice theory proposes that nursesconsciously and deliberately approach nursing as an existentialexperience. Then, they reflect on the experience and phenomenologicallydescribe the calls they receive, their responses, and what they come toknow from their presence in the nursing situation. It is believed thatcompilation and complementary syntheses of these phenomenologicaldescriptions over time will build and make explicit a science ofnursing.

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s re-issue of Paterson and {v} Zderad's classic work will help to remind us of another way of developing our power. Perhaps we can, once again, look for and call for authentic dialogue with our patients, our students, and our colleagues. Paterson and Zderad are clear in their method: discuss, question, convey, clarify, argue, and reflect. They remind us of our uniqueness and our commonality. They tell us that it is necessary to do with and be with each other in order for any one of us to grow. They help us celebrate the power of our choices.

Is it ironic and fortunate that Humanistic Nursing should be re-issued now when it is needed even more than it was during the late 1970s? Then, humanitarianism was in vogue. Now, it is under attack as a secular religion.

Today, the technocratic imperative infiltrates an ever-increasing number of our lived experiences; and it becomes more difficult to ignore or dismiss Habermas's analysis that all interests have become technical rather than human.[6]

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