Workshop One: What is Caring?

  • Paul Morrison
  • Philip Barnard


Caring is a word that is often used to describe the nursing profession. Many people would describe nurses as caring and many nurses would describe themselves in this way. What does it mean to ‘care’? Caring takes place in families and with friends as well as in ‘professional’ settings. This workshop explores the concept of caring as it relates to nursing and as it relates to nurses as individuals.


Nursing Profession Caring Relationship Family Setting Sexual Stereotyping Theory Input 
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Booklist for students

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© Paul Morrison and Philip Burnard 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Morrison
    • 1
  • Philip Barnard
    • 1
  1. 1.Nursing StudiesUniversity of Wales College of MedicineCardifUK

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