Most nursing school curricula address the pathologic nature of illness, the nursing care of clients who are ill, the prevention of illness, and the promotion of health. There seems to be minimal discussion, however, both in nursing curricula and in textbooks, of the alleviation of suffering or of how nurses know that someone is suffering. The article describes a phenomenologic analysis of 12 nursing students' lived experiences of caring for individuals who were suffering. The voices of the students as they chronicled their experiences are exemplars of clinical scholarship as described in the literature.
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