The poetry of nursing

Clin Nurse Spec. 1994 Nov;8(6):293-5. doi: 10.1097/00002800-199411000-00003.


Poetry is a vehicle for the expression of intense human encounters arising from holistic nursing practice. Writing poetry is a way to develop and communicate the esthetic knowledge of the discipline. The process of writing poetry about nursing experiences provides the nurse with a method of coping and a means of personal growth. Sharing poetry about nursing affirms other nurses and educates those outside the discipline regarding the richness and complexity of human care situations and nursing practice.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Poetry as Topic*