Article Available Online Only for the July–September IssueToward a Holistic Conceptualization of Empathy for Nursing PracticeWiseman, Theresa PhD, PGDEd, BSc(Hons)Psych, RGN, RNCTAuthor Information Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College London, London, UK. Corresponding Author: From the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College London, James Clerk Maxwell Bldg, 57 Waterloo Rd, London SE1 SWA, UK ([email protected]). The author thanks Dr Jan Savage and Professor Pam Smith for their support and critical engagement with the ideas presented in this article that formed part of her doctoral thesis. The autthor also thanks the participants for their involvement in the study. Advances in Nursing Science: July 2007 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p E61-E72 doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000286630.00011.e3 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief This article proposes a new holistic conceptualization of empathy for nursing practice that allows different aspects of the literature to be understood. This study is based on the data of a doctoral study exploring the nature of empathy on an oncology ward. The findings revealed that empathy is not a single phenomenon. Four different forms of empathy were identified, namely, empathy as an incident, empathy as a way of knowing, empathy as a process, and empathy as a way of being. These different forms of empathy can be understood in terms of a continuum of empathy development and suggest a new way of conceptualizing empathy that can be depicted diagrammatically. This article proposes a new holistic conceptualization of empathy, revealing that empathy is not a single phenomenon. Four different forms of empathy were identified. These different forms of empathy can be understood in terms of a continuum of empathy development. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.