Doing the little things: the meaning of compassionate care to Scottish student nurses

Hunter, D. J., McCallum, J. and Howes, D. (2017) Doing the little things: the meaning of compassionate care to Scottish student nurses. Journal of Nursing and Health Care, 5(1),

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Compassion is a topical issue in nursing, in relation to clinical practice, nurse education and policy. By reviewing the literature focusing on this aspect of nurse education, it was apparent that the experiences of student nurses themselves regarding compassionate care had received little attention. This paper describes a study which aimed to address this gap in the literature. The underpinning methodology used within the study is that of an exploratory-descriptive qualitative (EDQ) design. Following ethical approval, data was collected via individual, semi-structured interviews with fifteen student nurses across four different geographical locations in the West of Scotland. Findings identified that student nurses described compassionate care as 'doing the little things', small acts of kindness which have an impact on the patient or relative. In addition, compassion relies on communication and the building of relationships.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hunter, Dr David and Howes, Dora
Authors: Hunter, D. J., McCallum, J., and Howes, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:Journal of Nursing and Health Care
Publisher:Global Science and Technology Forum
ISSN (Online):2345-7198

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