A hermeneutic textual analysis of suffering and caring in the peri-operative context

Authors


Iréne von Post University of Karlstad, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, S-651 88 Karlstad, Sweden. E-mail: Irene.von-Post@kau.se

Abstract

A hermeneutic textual analysis of suffering and caring in the perioperative context

Hermeneutic text interpretation is discussed in this paper as a possible way of releasing nurses’ knowledge, in order to develop a deeper understanding of professional caring. The text is a nurse’s story, which has been gathered by means of the critical incident technique. The intention is to elicit the knowledge of professional caring in the stories and the language of caring science, which is concealed in a nurse’s reality. Hermeneutic text interpretation through reading a text and having a dialogue with the nurse’s reality will give a voice and a language to silent knowledge.

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