Considering the nature of intersubjectivity within professional nursing

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Pierson Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V5Y 2Z6. E-mail: wpierson@langara.bc.ca

Abstract

Considering the nature of intersubjectivity within professional nursing

The notion of intersubjectivity raises fundamental epistemological and ontological questions concerning how individuals come to know one another and how that knowing affects action. Within the sphere of professional nursing, relationship, as an intersubjective process between individuals, constitutes an integral element of professional nursing practice. Understanding the notion of relationship in terms of an intersubjective process is frequently laden with difficulty due to the polarization of intersubjectivity within either a traditional scientific position or a human science perspective. Reconciliation of both ways of knowing, however, may allow nurses to bring forward a broader base and scope of information to appreciate the experience of others. This article examines some of the notions of intersubjectivity and proposes an alternative understanding.

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