Narrative Nursing

What is Narrative Nursing

Narrative Nursing is a workshop that teaches the practice of utilizing therapeutic writing and storytelling to help nurses stay connected with compassion, mission, and purpose. Inadequate staffing has been an issue for decades, so what can be done to keep our best nurses healthy, happy, and engaged with compassionate care?

Through the reading of examples, writing prompts, and discussion, nurses will delve into their own stories, bringing light and perspective to their experiences. This highly interactive, casual and enlightening workshop focuses on helping understand the unique challenges faced by nurses every day.

Benefits of Narrative Nursing

  • Holistic, practical applications to increase quality of Patient Care.
  • Process work induced trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue.
  • Offers a healthy resource for stress reduction.
  • Recognize the value of active listening to other healthcare professionals.
  • Journaling to increase work life balance thru self-reflection.

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The History of Narrative Medicine

Narrative Medicine is a field of study combining the stories of health care and literature with the practical application to improve the quality of patient care. The term “Narrative Medicine” was first coined by Rita Charon, M.D, Ph.D. at Columbia University when she published her book, Narrative Medicine: Honoring The Stories Of Illness (Oxford University Press, 2006.) In 2012, Marcus Engel’s M.S. in Narrative Medicine practicum was overseen by Dr. Rita Charon and expanded Narrative to nurses in the hospital setting. Marcus focused on the unique roles of nurses in hospitals and how Narrative Medicine can be expanded to include nurses and other hospital professionals.