On Virtual Presence : Advances in Nursing Science

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On Virtual Presence

Grumme, Valarie S. MSN, RN, CCRN; Barry, Charlotte D. PhD, RN, NCSN, FAAN; Gordon, Shirley C. PhD, RN, NCSN; Ray, Marilyn A. PhD, RN, CTN-A, FAAN

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Advances in Nursing Science 39(1):p 48-59, January/March 2016. | DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000103


Advances in health care and communication technology have expanded nursing practice to nontraditional environments that preclude the physical presence of the nurse for a caring encounter. An increasing number of nurses are creating and maintaining nurse-patient relationships and practicing in a diverse range of specialties in virtual/distance environments. Can nursing presence as a caring modality be “real” in a virtual/distance environment? A new ontology of nursing presence is offered that transcends people, place, space, and time.

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