Compassion in nursing: exploring the perceptions of academics and students from adult, child, mental health and learning disability nursing

Collette Straughair, Alison Machin

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Abstract

Compassion is integral to nursing, yet there is limited empirical research exploring it, particularly from a professional perspective.
Aim:
To advance understanding of compassion from a professional perspective.
Method:
Twelve students and eight academics were theoretically sampled and interviewed to explore their perceptions of compassion in nursing during the period January to August 2018. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using grounded theory techniques.
Results:
Four data categories were uncovered: character, competence, culture and connections for compassion. Categories were co-dependent, with each having potential to influence what participants perceived to be representative of compassion- the implementation of humanising approaches to care.
Conclusion:
Compassion is complex, influenced by biological, psychological and socio- contextual factors. Further consideration of these factors is needed to support nurses to facilitate compassion through humanising approaches to nursing care. The study findings advance the existing evidence to inform future policy, practice, education and research.
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Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Standard
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Apr 2021

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