Jean Watson’s Contribution to Understanding the Spiritual Well-Being of Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Contributor: Vanessa Silva (Portugal)* Over the centuries, human history has experienced numerous challenges in the area of health and disease, namely through the experience of pandemic realities, such as the Black Death in the 19th century and the Spanish Influenza in the 20th century, in which there was a high mortality and morbidity rate associated … Continue reading Jean Watson’s Contribution to Understanding the Spiritual Well-Being of Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

An Urgent Need for Peace

Contributor: Donna J. Perry, PhD, RN Like many people across the globe, I have spent the last week watching the news from Ukraine with disbelief, horror, and tears. The unfolding human tragedy is difficult to behold. As someone who has been part of the global peace movement and worked on international policy, it is shocking … Continue reading An Urgent Need for Peace

Contribution from Katharine Kolcaba on the importance of comfort of carers of palliative care patients in community

Contributor: Mónica Santos (Portugal) Katharine Kolcaba conceptualised comfort from the perspective of the person and the caregiver. She talks about comfort interventions/strategies in which she tells us that each intervention must have a variable to respond to the discomfort. The theory addresses three dimensions of comfort, but to promote comfort, it is not necessary to … Continue reading Contribution from Katharine Kolcaba on the importance of comfort of carers of palliative care patients in community

When is a flight nurse fit to fly alone? Process of evolution from novice to expert based on Patricia Benner’s theory.

Contributor: Maria Clara Pimenta dos Santos Flight nursing and the provision of on-board care, as well as the "knowledge" inherent to the flight nurse, have been gaining ground due to the increasing demand and differentiation of air transport of critically ill patients. According to Reimer, Clochesy and Moore (2013) nurses are the main care providers … Continue reading When is a flight nurse fit to fly alone? Process of evolution from novice to expert based on Patricia Benner’s theory.

Nursing Theories in “my Biomedical World” – a personal reflection

Contributor: Manuel Jesús Aragón Aragón In this post I try to show the difficulties that I felt when I tried to apply nursing theories to practice in my work and personal reality for the first time. I understand that theories are an excellent resource to improve the quality of our care; for that reason in … Continue reading Nursing Theories in “my Biomedical World” – a personal reflection

Is there Caste in Nursing? Owning Our History and Reconnecting the Disconnect

Contributor: Mary Elaine Southard DNP, RN, MSN, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC, DipClHom, SRP, SGAHN What led to the writing of this post was the reading and reflection on Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent and Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead. I wondered how the messages in both books related to nursing in today’s healthcare … Continue reading Is there Caste in Nursing? Owning Our History and Reconnecting the Disconnect

Does Informed Consent Exist for Black Patients?

Contributor: Harriet Omondi MSN, APRN, FNP Systemic racism and racial inequality are two concepts that are deeply ingrained in American history. These two issues come up in every single presidential election where candidates compete for the minority vote by promising reparations for black people and an end to systemic racism. Research has repeatedly revealed that … Continue reading Does Informed Consent Exist for Black Patients?

Struggling to Find Air: Emancipatory Nursing Response to COVID-19

Guest Contributor: Kathleen 'Katie' Clark, DNPEdited by Kaija Freborg, DNP “I can’t breathe.”  If these words were uttered in any healthcare setting in the country, an influx of healthcare providers would rapidly respond, attempting to save the person's life by providing immediate care.  These words not only represent the recent murder of George Floyd, but … Continue reading Struggling to Find Air: Emancipatory Nursing Response to COVID-19