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Edited collection (book) on Presence in Nursing

Our book ‘Reflecting on presence in nursing: A guide for practice and research’ was published during April 2021.

Please visit  https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-5275-6629-3
to purchase the book

More about the book:

Presence is essential in a relational profession such as nursing. Presence means to connect with and attune to another for the purpose of healing and enrichment. However, nursing requires being task-focused, and having urgency in interactions and exactness in procedures, leading to a loss in relational connection. Nursing can also be emotionally draining, leaving nurses functioning in a robot-like manner to protect themselves. A reawakening to the joy of nursing and a rediscovery of Presence as an essential practice in the healing of patients is thus a crucial and salient topic in nursing.

This book answers burning questions such as why Presence is important for nursing.

Using this book as a resource can help nurses to think about connecting, attuning, finding meaning and joy and delivering nursing care in relational way and in tune with the specific needs of the patient. This book equips nurse educators and trainers interested in cultivating Presence in nursing. Healthcare managers will benefit from the chapter on promoting quality in healthcare through relational leadership.

This book also has valuable new information to offer to the researcher interested in presence and related concepts such as relational care and relational leadership in health care.

Book Launch - Save the Date!

Presence is essential in nursing. It means to connect with, and attune to, another person for the purpose of healing and enrichment. This book explores the importance of presence in nursing, gathering together various personal accounts of its use in both research and practice. It will allow the reader to reflect on presence, connecting, attuning, finding meaning and joy, and delivering care in a relational way. This book will also be of particular interest to nurse educators and trainers interested in guiding others to acquire presence, in addition to healthcare managers, who will benefit from the chapter on promoting quality in healthcare through relational leadership. The text also has valuable new information to offer to the researcher interested in presence and related concepts such as relational care and relational leadership in healthcare.

Preliminary Programme
  • Opening and welcoming
  • Overview of the edited collection Reflecting on Presence in Nursing: A Guide for Practice and Research with Emmerentia Du Plessis.
  • The main speaker, Prof Andries Baart, will deliver a presentation to reflect about essential issues within the theory and approach of presence.
  • Q&A session
  • A toast to celebrate the book (please keep a toast of your choice ready)
  • Closure
Speakers

Emmerentia du Plessis works as a Professor at the School of Nursing Science of North-West University, South Africa. She conducts research on presence in nursing, and provides supervision to post-graduate students. She also offers a community counselling service, and initiated several social media platforms to create awareness about presence in nursing.

Andries Baart (1952) is Professor (emeritus) of Presence and Care, now Visiting Professor to Utrecht Medical Centre, department of psychiatry (The Netherlands) as well as attached to North-West University (South Africa).

Reflecting on Presence in Nursing: A Guide for Practice and Research will be available to purchase at the event at 50% off the list price.

To confirm your attendance, or for further information, please contact Dr Precious Chukwuere: chibuikeprecious45@yahoo.com or Emmerentia Du Plessis: Emmerentia.duPlessis@nwu.ac.za.

More information to follow

Download full document (pdf) here

Caring presence: the gift of human connection
Caring presence: our research journey so far
The roots of Presence                                        
Caring presence: an invitation to join the journey

Debriefing

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