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The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing

Betty R. Ferrell and Nessa Coyle


The essence of nursing care continually exposes nurses to suffering. Although they bear witness to the suffering of others, their own suffering is less frequently exposed. This book attempts to give voice to the suffering that nurses witness in patients, families, colleagues, and themselves. By making this suffering visible, the book aims both to honor and help solve the problem. The book offers nurses' colleagues in other professions — social workers, psychologists, chaplains, ethicists, and physicians — a window onto what it means to practice nursing.

Keywords: nursing, suffering, patients, families, colleagues, clinicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, chaplains

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195333121
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333121.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Betty R. Ferrell, author

Nessa Coyle, author