7. Helping Relationships for Practice Development: Critical Companionship

  1. Brendan McCormack DPhil (Oxon.), BSc (Hons.) Nursing, PGCEA, RGN, RMN1,
  2. Kim Manley PhD, MN, BA, RGN, Dip N (Lond.), RCNT, PGCEA, CBE2 and
  3. Robert Garbett RN, BN, MSc3
  1. Angie Titchen

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470698884.ch7

Practice Development in Nursing

Practice Development in Nursing

How to Cite

Titchen, A. (2004) Helping Relationships for Practice Development: Critical Companionship, in Practice Development in Nursing (eds B. McCormack, K. Manley and R. Garbett), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470698884.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Professor of Nursing Research, University of Ulster and Director of Nursing Research and Practice Development, Royal Hospitals Trust, Belfast

  2. 2

    Head of Practice Development, RCN Institute London & Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University

  3. 3

    Research Fellow, University of Ulster and Royal Hospitals Trust, Belfast

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 18 AUG 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405110389

Online ISBN: 9780470698884



  • practice development;
  • creative imagination;
  • critical companions;
  • professional behaviour;
  • emotional engagement


This chapter contains section titled:

  • The creation of critical companionship

  • The framework

  • Relationship domain

  • Rationality-intuitive domain

  • Facilitation domain

  • The impact of critical companionship

  • How can we develop effective critical companions?

  • Acknowledgements