Literature, Ethics and the Communication of Insight
Nursing Ethics. 1995 Dec; 2(4): 287-294.
The problems of exposing students to real life situations in which they can gain an insight into the dilemmas experienced by clients and staff are highlighted. The value of the Greek notion of catharsis (katharsis: a cleansing) is discussed and the use of literature is suggested as a means of providing students with vicarious experience of the real, but often inaccessible, situations in which nurses may have to make moral decisions.
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Tolstoy, Stories, and Facilitating Insight in End of Life Care: Exploring Ethics Through Vicarious Experience Begley, Ann Marie; Glackin, Marie; Henry, Richard (2011-07)Facilitating moral insight in end of life care can be challenging, and the purpose of this paper is to illustrate how this can be nurtured by means of creative literature. Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Ilych is presented as an ...