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Medical humanities in nursing: thought provoking?

Robb, A.J.P., and Murray, R. (1992) Medical humanities in nursing: thought provoking? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 17 (10). pp. 1182-1187. ISSN 0309-2402 (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.1992.tb01833.x)

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Abstract

Medical humanities is an innovative way of learning Discussing literary texts of nursing practice has been used to help students analyse attitudes, values and ethics, it has also been used to help practitioners review and reflect on their own experience and philosophy of nursing In nursing education, it has been used to explore difficult issues in a safe environment The value of this approach in nursing education and practice is that it can encourage reflection, promote self-awareness and stimulate debate on difficult issues for example, death and dying, power and institutionalization (of patients and staff) and pain This paper gives a detailed worked example of how a literary text can be used in this way, the aim being to provide a resource which readers can then use with a group of students or colleagues Finally, the authors explore the question of where medical humanities might have a place in the curriculum as a lecture/tutorial in a course (e g Ethics), as a module in the curriculum, as a method of teaching nursing subjects (e g communication skills), as a discussion group (outside the curriculum), as a study guide, using literary texts alongside nursing text books Any of these strategies can be a powerful vehicle for preserving the human factor’ in both nursing education and continuing professional development.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Robb, Miss Alna
Authors: Robb, A.J.P., and Murray, R.
Subjects:R Medicine > RT Nursing
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Advanced Nursing
ISSN:0309-2402
ISSN (Online):1365-2648
Published Online:22 December 2006

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