Using personal narrative to deepen emotional awareness of practice
Sharon L Edwards Senior lecturer, Department of Pre-registration Nursing, Faculty of Society and Health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge
Storytelling is intrinsic to human beings, and stories can explain events, stances taken and actions engaged in. When experience is represented as story it can become more organised and be used for analysis, critique and learning. Experience is important in nursing, as it is in many other practice-based professions, and it can contribute much to nurses’ learning. Through a process of sharing and engaging with the author’s personal stories, this article encourages nurses to begin to organise their own experiences in story form for use in learning and as part of their personal and professional development.
Nursing Standard. 28, 50, 46-51. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.50.46.e8561Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 10 November 2013
Accepted: 03 March 2014