Journal of Nursing Education

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Educational Innovations 

The Art of Nursing Expressed in Poetry

Dolores J. Wright, DNSc, RN

  • Journal of Nursing Education. 2006;45(11)
  • Posted November 1, 2006

Abstract

Writing is an essential skill for professional nurses. During their education, nursing students are required to produce a variety of written assignments, but most of these are regimented, such as care plans and term papers. There is little opportunity for students to express their creative side. Because all writing experiences are useful for student growth, this project in writing poetry was developed to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their clinical experience in home health nursing and to document the contribution of clinical experience to their affective domain.

AUTHOR

Received: May 25, 2004

Accepted: July 15, 2005

Dr. Wright is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

The author is grateful to Susan Gardner, PhD, for her review of and assistance in preparing the manuscript.

Address correspondence to Dolores J. Wright, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350; e-mail: djwright@llu.edu.

Abstract

Writing is an essential skill for professional nurses. During their education, nursing students are required to produce a variety of written assignments, but most of these are regimented, such as care plans and term papers. There is little opportunity for students to express their creative side. Because all writing experiences are useful for student growth, this project in writing poetry was developed to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their clinical experience in home health nursing and to document the contribution of clinical experience to their affective domain.

AUTHOR

Received: May 25, 2004

Accepted: July 15, 2005

Dr. Wright is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

The author is grateful to Susan Gardner, PhD, for her review of and assistance in preparing the manuscript.

Address correspondence to Dolores J. Wright, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350; e-mail: djwright@llu.edu.

ABSTRACT

Writing is an essential skill for professional nurses. During their education, nursing students are required to produce a variety of written assignments, but most of these are regimented, such as care plans and term papers. There is little opportunity for students to express their creative side. Because all writing experiences are useful for student growth, this project in writing poetry was developed to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their clinical experience in home health nursing and to document the contribution of clinical experience to their affective domain.

AUTHOR

Received: May 25, 2004

Accepted: July 15, 2005

Dr. Wright is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

The author is grateful to Susan Gardner, PhD, for her review of and assistance in preparing the manuscript.

Address correspondence to Dolores J. Wright, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350; e-mail: djwright@llu.edu.

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