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Humanities 2014, 3(4), 660-674; doi:10.3390/h3040660

The Encounter of Nursing and the Clinical Humanities: Nursing Education and the Spirit of Healing

Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taipei 11529, Taiwan
Received: 18 June 2014 / Revised: 21 October 2014 / Accepted: 23 October 2014 / Published: 4 November 2014
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Abstract

Practicing the clinical humanities requires throwing oneself into the unpredictable locus of suffering, where one is unable to infer the actual situation of the other, a process which fosters self-disclosure. By using the term “clinical humanities” we are attempting to free the humanities and social sciences from their self-imposed boundaries which have brought them to their current dispirited condition. Bringing the depth of the humanities and social sciences into the clinical field in the service of relieving suffering and setting up a humanities support network will help the humanities renew itself by listening attentively to the great amount of suffering in the world. Conceived in this way, the clinical humanities has its own methodology and way of generating insight, and also has a unique contribution to make to the amelioration of suffering in all its forms. In moving beyond their current condition and into the clinical field, the humanities and social sciences take on a new conceptual framework and a distinctive rhythm. From this perspective, the encounter between nursing and the clinical humanities might be seen as the unlikely meeting of fundamentally different and incompatible fields. Indeed, the humanities and social sciences may seem quite alien to nursing and clinical practice. In this paper I explore diverse aspects of the clinical humanities and how they can be applied to nursing and nursing education. I also investigate some innovative perspectives on healing and the clinical humanities and the implications they have for nursing and nursing education. View Full-Text
Keywords: clinical humanities; nursing; healing; nursing education; social suffering clinical humanities; nursing; healing; nursing education; social suffering
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Yu, A.-B. The Encounter of Nursing and the Clinical Humanities: Nursing Education and the Spirit of Healing. Humanities 2014, 3, 660-674.

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