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From nurse to service-user: a personal cancer narrative.

Knight, A., 2018. From nurse to service-user: a personal cancer narrative. British Journal of Nursing, 27 (4), S18-S21.

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December 2017 From Nurse to Patient final article.pdf - Accepted Version
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DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2018.27.4.S18


This article presents a ‘snapshot’ of my experience of being a nurse who became a service-user with breast cancer. It begins by outlining the Humanisation of Healthcare Framework (Todres et al, 2009), which is a values-based context which can be used to underpin daily care. Generic suggested applications for each of the dimensions of the framework are provided. This framework is then used to contextualise my experience of receiving my diagnosis and the ensuing chemotherapy. Using the examples I present from my personal narrative, I make some recommendations for “small actions” that can contribute to more humanised and person-centred care. I also hope that this narrative prompts reflection by the reader and thus enhances the quality of care given to others.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in the British Journal of Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see 10.12968/bjon.2018.27.4.S18
Uncontrolled Keywords:humanising care; oncology nursing; narrative; service-user; breast cancer
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:30332
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:06 Feb 2018 15:00
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:09


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