Nursing Narrative Research

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Narrative medicine is a successful tactic to use in practice, since it allows health care providers such as nurses to provide better care by understanding a patient’s perspective regarding their own health. Narratives give nurses a chance to comprehend an individual’s situation through their mental, emotional and symbolic state (Charon, 2001, p.1897). A nurse can detect the patient’s tone, body posture and facial expressions while he/she explains their personal story. This gives the nurse a clear idea of what the patient is going through, and helps him/her understand the patient’s point of view better so the nurse can create a plan of care tailored to their needs. Furthermore, “acknowledging patients’ feelings demonstrate empathy and communicates

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