Exceptional nontraditional caring practices of nurses

Scand J Caring Sci. 2002 Dec;16(4):399-405. doi: 10.1046/j.1471-6712.2002.00102.x.


There has been little research that has addressed the practices of nurses who go beyond the usual scope of practice to demonstrate caring. In this study, a grounded theory methodology was used to interview 18 nurses identified as exceptional caring nurses. The core process identified was giving and involved gifts (particularly of time), responsibility and choice, teaching, vulnerability, preserving dignity, caring with and for coworkers, being truly present, and always finding a way. Although the findings of this study are not necessarily generalizable, it is important to acknowledge that these practices occur and that they should not automatically be discredited. The research has implications for the new emerging field of boundaries in professional relationships.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Altruism
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Beneficence
  • Canada
  • Empathy*
  • Female
  • Gift Giving
  • Holistic Nursing
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff / psychology*
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Surveys and Questionnaires