Understanding and Expressing the Human Experience of Health and Illness: The Integration of the Arts into Nursing Education

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In an era of unprecedented technological advances, healthcare providers are hearing and responding to the call to return to core values inherent in human health services. Understanding and appreciating the human experience of health and illness, joy and suffering, hope and resilience, are essential to engaging fully with individuals, families, and communities in the co-construction and provision of authentic and meaningful nursing care. In keeping with this perspective, nursing education must include innovative methods to support students in both understanding and expressing their own and others’ lived experiences. This presentation will describe the integration of the arts into core nursing curriculum through the development of: 1) Teaching-learning methods that incorporate artistic representations of health and illness in context, such as photography, poetry, and film; and 2) Student assignments requiring aesthetic representations of nursing experiences Faculty and learner evaluation of these teaching-learning approaches will be discussed and examples of student work will be shared.


Keywords: Nursing, Curriculum, Integration, Arts, Teaching, Learning
Stream: Art and Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Charles Anyinam

Professor, School of Nursing, York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Efrosini Papaconstantinou

Professor, School of Nursing, York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Dr Sue Coffey

Professor, School of Nursing, York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Ref: A07P0068