Second Annual Helene Hudson Memorial Lecture: I am a nurse

Beth Perry


The focus of this study was an exploration of the nature of exceptionally competent oncology nursing practice. Through a combination of data gathering approaches—conversation, observation and narrative exchange—the beliefs, actions and effects of the actions of eight exemplary nurse informants were studied. Analysis revealed three themes related to teh action of the exemplary nurses: Dialogue in silence, mutual touch and sharing the lighter side of life. Additional analysis led to a category called effects of nursing actions. Again, three themes were highlighted as effects: Affirmation of the nurse and patient, connecting and joint transcendence.

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