The Humanities Interface of Nursing and Medicine

Cheryl Dellasega, Paula F. Milone-Nuzzo, Katherine Curci, James Ballard, Darrell G. Kirch

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Abstract

In the 1970s, the field of medical humanities developed and included ethics, literature, history, integrative medicine, and other topics, most often described from a physician's perspective. During this same period of revolutionary changes in health care, nursing curricula did not seek to emphasize content in humanities, perhaps because stereotypical views of nursing as the "caring profession" made such coursework seem redundant. In 2001, as a result of the Institute of Medicine's call for all health professionals to be educated in interdisciplinary teams, there was a new focus on the importance of interdisciplinary education. Collaborative experiences in the humanities can foster professional relationships that lead to professional growth, promote collaboration, and enhance patient-centered care. The purpose of this article is to describe the relevance of humanities to the interdisciplinary education and practice of health care providers. This article extends the thinking about the value of interdisciplinary education beyond the traditional dimensions of evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics to humanities. Ways to provide nurses and physicians with interdisciplinary humanistic experiences are illustrated through an overview of projects jointly developed by the School of Nursing and the College of Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2007

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Nursing
Medicine
Education
Integrative Medicine
Physicians
History of Medicine
School Nursing
Patient-Centered Care
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Informatics
Evidence-Based Practice
Quality Improvement
Ethics
Health Personnel
Curriculum
Nurses
Delivery of Health Care
Health
Growth

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  • Nursing(all)

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Dellasega, Cheryl ; Milone-Nuzzo, Paula F. ; Curci, Katherine ; Ballard, James ; Kirch, Darrell G. / The Humanities Interface of Nursing and Medicine. In: Journal of Professional Nursing. 2007 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 174-179.
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In: Journal of Professional Nursing, Vol. 23, No. 3, 01.05.2007, p. 174-179.

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