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Landers, M, Weathers, E., McCarthy, G. and Fitzpatrick, J.J.
Professional Caring: Descriptions from Student Nursesí Perspectives
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meaning of caring, descriptions of caring, caring exemplified, student nurses
The aim of this research was to explore the concept of caring from the perspectives of undergraduate BSc general student nurses midway through their educational program. Data were collected through written narratives. Participants (N = 21) were asked to respond in writing to three semistructured questions. Data were analysed using content analysis. Analysis yielded three categories: altruism, authentic presence, and therapeutic care. Findings show that nurse educators need to capitalize on the experiences that help students who are midway through their educational program, to internalize the concept of caring, and to develop competency in providing therapeutic caring.
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