Therapeutic Nursing: Improving Patient Care Through Self-Awareness and Reflection

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Dawn Freshwater
SAGE, Nov 4, 2002 - Medical - 198 pages
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'I found the book to be fascinating and so thought provoking that it made me consider more carefully the text and prose to really understand what the author said. It is skilfully written, very readable and has implications for a wide range of people such as the undergraduate, practitioner, lecturer and researcher'

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Gaining self-awareness is a vital aspect of professional development for all who work in the caring professions. In nursing especially, the ability to evaluate oneself affects all areas of practice, including direct patient care, working relationships with colleagues and maintaining one's own well-being in the often pressured environment of health care.

This is an innovative text which explores the ways in which self-awareness can be used as a practical tool for continuing professional development and practice improvement. Divided into three parts, the book examines the role of the nurse as therapeutic practitioner, reflective learner and reflexive researcher.

For all those wishing to develop their skills as autonomous, reflective, accountable practitioners, this book will be an inspiring read. It will be of immense use to those who teach and supervise nurses at all levels.


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The Therapeutic Use of Self in Nursing
Part I
Part III
The Practitioners Perspective
Clinical Supervision
The Role of the Internal Supervisor in Developing
Part II
Aesthetic Ways in Daytoday Nursing
Nursing Students Development of Caring Self Through
The Researchers Perspective
Individual Identity or Deviant Case?
Reflexive Research and the Therapeutic Use of Self

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Dawn Freshwater is Senior Lecturer in Practice Development at University of Nottingham. She has written and edited six books including Critical Reflection for Nursing and the Helping Professions (Palgrave, 2001).

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