Sublimity and beauty: A view from nursing aesthetics

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Title: Sublimity and beauty: A view from nursing aesthetics
Authors: Siles González, José | Solano-Ruiz, MCarmen
Research Group/s: Enfermería y Cultura de los Cuidados (EYCC)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería
Keywords: Ethic | Nursing | Nursing aesthetic | Nursing history | Nursing philosophy
Knowledge Area: Enfermería
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Nursing Ethics. 2016, 23(2): 154-166. doi:10.1177/0969733014558966
Abstract: Background: Several authors have focused on the aesthetics of nursing care from diverse perspectives; however, there are few studies about the sublime and the beautiful in nursing. Aim: To identify beautiful and sublime moments in the context of the aesthetics of nursing care. Methods: A theoretical reflection has been contemplated about sublime and beautiful values in the context of the aesthetics of nursing care from the cultural history perspective. For that purpose, a revision of this issue has been completed. The terms ‘beautiful’ and ‘sublime’ have been analysed to identify the characteristics of both in the context of nursing care. Ethical consideration: We have followed all ethical requirements regarding the sources, conducting research and authorship. There is no conflict of interest in this paper. Results: With aesthetic knowledge, the nurse expresses the artistic nature of nursing care by appreciating the act of caring for individuals. The sublime is a complex phenomenon, since apparently contrary feelings are interwoven. Nursing care is an art with an anthropological object-subject on which the ‘artist’ applies their prior knowledge and skills. Feelings and emotions that develop during the clinical nursing practice – especially at times sublime and beautiful, aesthetic – constitute experiences which are professionally significant.
ISSN: 0969-7330 (Print) | 1477-0989 (Online)
DOI: 10.1177/0969733014558966
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s) 2015
Peer Review: si
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