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Could we remedy the 'crisis of care' by incorporating mandatory group psychotherapy in nurse education?


Bliss, S, Could we remedy the 'crisis of care' by incorporating mandatory group psychotherapy in nurse education?, Nurse Education Today, 61 pp. 25-27. ISSN 0260-6917 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2017.11.001


This paper suggests a tentative proposal for nurse education that may go some way to remedying the ‘crisis of care’ described by Judge Francis and others. Any viable strategy to improve caring attitudes in nursing students must involve activities across the curriculum that foster self-awareness and empathy. It is suggested that the best way to do this is for all undergraduate nursing students to participate in regular, supervised group psychotherapy sessions as a mandated requirement for registration. This strategy would be helpful in at least two main ways. First, it would be enormously beneficial in terms of promoting emotional intelligence — a necessary requirement for providing ethical, person-centred care. Second, it would also serve as an excellent form of student support, which would likely improve student retention rates. This is because individuals with strong group support systems are less likely to become mentally or physically ill and are, therefore, more resilient. Finally, some possible objections to this proposal are considered.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:emotional intelligence, empathy, attachment theory, psychotherapy, stress
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Bliss, S (Dr Suzy Bliss)
ID Code:122395
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-11-13
Last Modified:2019-12-03

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