2016), foster expressive confidence and enhance someone’s options in connecting affectively with others. Self-identity comes from feelings of being valued and being recognised as a person first, and a patient second. The process of storytelling affords the teller a sense of autonomy and in control of what they share. While this process could have its own problems (such as the individual having an inability to articulate themselves), the goal should be to support patients to express and share their experiences, with a view to emotionally self-cleanse while fostering a sense of togetherness with healthcare professionals in attendance. Therefore, it is important that listening becomes a central element of this process, even where issues of articulation are apparent, while patients are greeted with encouragement and acceptance while telling their stories.
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International Journal of Palliative Nursing now publishes short reports, and invites submissions for consideration. Short reports are intended to provide the international palliative care community with the opportunity for concise communication of work that will be of interest to nurses working in palliative care. Submissions are invited on:
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