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Taking care as a relationship: a phenomenological view


  • Maria Lúcia Araújo Sadala PhD

    1. Professor and Researcher, Department of Nursing within the School of Medicine, Botucatu, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Brazil
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Maria Lúcia Araújo Sadala Avenida Mário Arita, 163, cep. 14·802–404, Araraquara, São Paulo, Brazil.


Taking care as a relationship: a phenomenological view

The purpose of this study was to understand and analyse the meanings given to caring of patients on the isolation ward by nursing students, focusing particularly on the aspects of communication and interpersonal relationships. The data were collected from individual interviews with 18 nursing students who were performing nursing practice on the isolation ward. The results, analysed and interpreted according to existential phenomenology, describe the structure of the phenomenon ‘taking care on the isolation ward’ from a relational perspective. The students described their difficulties and anxieties, as well as their willingness to take care of isolated patients, resulting in the overcoming of obstacles and in contacting and becoming involved when taking care of these patients.