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Using family sculpting as an experiential learning technique to develop supportive care in nursing. A contemporary issue paper

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1214-1218
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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This article explores the use of family sculpting as an educative tool to achieve a better I-thou awareness of the patient's support needs from a family and social system approach. Ensuring we provide appropriate and effective opportunities for nurses to develop compassion when caring for patients facing ill health is a complex challenge that faces nurse education at all levels. The piece explores a sculpting exercise developed in nurse education which engages students' awareness of the complicated nature of peoples' social networks and through attitudinal learning, helps nurses to provide compassionate care that integrates family support.

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