Understanding caring through arts and humanities: a medical/nursing humanities approach to promoting alternative experiences of thinking and learning


  • Philip Darbyshire PhD MN RNMH RSCN DipN RNT

    1. Lecturer in Health and Nursing Studies, Glasgow Caledonian University, City Campus, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA, Scotland
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It is often claimed that nursing is both an art and a science, yet nursing education has been reluctant to accord arts and literature a prominent place within nursing curricula. While the discipline of medical humanities has been developing for around two decades, there has been no comparable movement within nursing. This paper describes the development, implementation and initial hermeneutic evaluation of a new course, ‘Understanding Caring Through Arts and Humanities’ which we believe to be unique in being a fully accredited unit which is offered within a BA (Honours) Health Studies Degree for nurses and other health care professionals.