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'I found the book to be fascinating and so thought provoking that it made me consider more carefully the text and prose to really understand what the author said. It is skilfully written, very readable and has implications for a wide range of people such as the undergraduate, practitioner, lecturer and researcher' Accident and Emergency Nursing Gaining self-awareness is a vital aspect of professional development for all who work in the caring professions. In nursing especially, the ability to evaluate oneself affects all areas of practice, including direct patient care, working relationships with colleagues and maintaining one's own well-being in the often pressured environment of health care. This is an innovative text which explores the ways in which self-awareness can be used as a practical tool for continuing professional development and practice improvement. Divided into three parts, the book examines the role of the nurse as therapeutic practitioner, reflective learner and reflexive researcher. For all those wishing to develop their skills as autonomous, reflective, accountable practitioners, this book will be an inspiring read. It will be of immense use to those who teach and supervise nurses at all levels.

The Importance of Philosophical Congruence for Therapeutic Use of Self in Practice
The importance of philosophical congruence for therapeutic use of self in practice
RoderickMcKenzie

When we stop inventing reality, then we see things as they really are.

Okri (1997)

Therapeutic use of self pertains to a particular collection of personal or human qualities consciously or deliberately employed when engaging with individuals in a therapeutic encounter, most commonly a counselling relationship but conceivably any helping or caring moment. Central to therapeutic use of self is the notion of self-awareness. However, we must also and by necessity consider the arena in which these qualities or skills are brought into play, that is the interaction between nurse and patient and the context within which this takes place. Assumptions that this encounter ...

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