Nursing Students and the Human Body: Application of an Ethics Pilot Project

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Amber Vermeesch, Associate Professor of Nursing (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This manuscript offers findings from a pilot project which prepares nursing students for embodiedprofessional practice through the lens of ethics. Four undergraduate nursing students werementored by two nursing faculty in the Dundon-Berchtold Institute Faculty Fellowship Programin the Application of Ethics through an exploration on the ethics of embodiment using an artspedagogy across one academic year. Inspired by the intersection of nature and health, this projectexplores the impact of an arts-integrated pedagogy on the human body. The findings from thisproject provide a natural first step for nursing students to consider multiple interpretations of thehuman body and to facilitate the students’ development of an embodied ethical practice that isperceptive, empathic, and attuned to themselves as natural beings as well as diverse individualsand populations. The findings from this pilot project presents a pivotal opportunity to guide futurenursing curricular development toward holistic, nature-inspired, and mindful-based interventionsin order to increase resilience, decrease risk factors of compassion fatigue and burnout, and supportnursing students to develop strength-based skills to use in their professional nursing practice.

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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19, 11603
Language: English
Date: 2022
nature, connectivity, natural worlds, environment, arts, embodiment, physical body , attunement

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