Teaching Reproductive Options Through the Use of Fiction: The Cider House Rules Project

Authors

  • Janet L. Engstrom,

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    1. Janet L. Engstrom, PhD, RNC, CNM is Professor and Chairperson, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, IL.
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  • Ramona G. Hunter

    1. Ramona G. Hunter, MS, RNC is an Instructor in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing, and a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Obstetric Services at Rush University Medical Center.
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Janet Engstrom, PhD, RNC, CNM, Rush University College of Nursing, Armour Academic Facility, Suite 1080, 600 S. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60612. E-mail: janet_l_engstrom@rush.edu.

Abstract

Alternative teaching strategies such as storytelling and the critical reading of literature are thought to help students develop their critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and cultural sensitivity and thereby better understand the context in which their patients live and make decisions. Such teaching methods are ideally suited for examining morally complex issues such as reproductive options. This article describes an alternative approach to teaching the complex personal, social, and moral issues surrounding the topic of reproductive options. The critical reading of the book, The Cider House Rules, provides a unique opportunity for students to obtain insight and understanding of the complex circumstances under which women and their families make reproductive decisions. JOGNN, 36, 464–470; 2007. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2007.00175.x

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