A view of the phenomenon of caring in nursing practice

Authors

  • Janice B Clarke RGN DipN PGCEA BSc(Hons),

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    1. Nurse Teacher, Southampton University College of Nursing and Midwifery, Southampton, Hampshire, England
      Jance B Clarke Southampton University College of Nursing Midwifery, South Academic Block, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona, Road Hampshire SO94XYB, England
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  • Stephanie J Wheeler RGN RM RHV PGCEA BSc (Hons)

    1. Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, Dorset, England
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Jance B Clarke Southampton University College of Nursing Midwifery, South Academic Block, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona, Road Hampshire SO94XYB, England

Abstract

Care is regularly used as a suffix to nursing, in such well-known phrases as ‘total nursing care’ and holistic nursing care’ While most care is provided by lay persons, there is little nursing research which focuses on the meaning of care, particularly in relation to the United Kingdom This small-scale study investigates the meaning of care from the experience of six practising staff nurses in a British hospital and leads to a view of this phenomenon Phenomenology was the chosen methodology, which facilitated the emergence of an essential structure of caring which incorporated four major categories described as being supportive', ‘communicating’, ‘pressure’ and ‘caring ability’ It is suggested that, through gaining perspectives to enhance our understanding of the meaning of care, it will ultimately develop our understanding of nursing itself

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