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Realizing the Focus of the Discipline

Facilitating Humanization in PhD Education

A Student Exemplar Integrating Nature and Health

Tehan, Tara M., MSN, MBA, RN; Cornine, Amanda E., MSN, RN; Amoah, Rita K., BEd, BSN, RN; Aung, Thin Zar, BSN, RN; Willis, Danny G., DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN; Grace, Pamela J., PhD, RN, FAAN; Roy, Callista, PhD, RN, FAAN; Averka, Kathleen A., BA; Perry, Donna J., PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000246
The Focus of the Discipline
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Doctorally prepared nurses must be able to represent the unique nursing perspective within interdisciplinary teams to address contemporary health challenges. This article provides a student exemplar applying the unifying focus of facilitating humanization as described by Willis, Grace, and Roy to science on nature and health. As scientific knowledge becomes more complex, nurses must be skilled in translating information through the nursing lens to support individuals in realizing meaning, choice, quality of life, and healing in living and dying. In order for doctoral students to shepherd the discipline, they must first integrate nursing's philosophical underpinnings into their practice.

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (Ms Tehan); University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing, Worcester (Ms Tehan, Amoah, and Aung and Dr Perry); University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing, Worcester State University (Ms Cornine); University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing (Dr Willis); Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Drs Grace and Roy); Mount Saint Mary's University, Boston College, Los Angeles, (Dr Roy); Northbridge Elementary School, Whitinsville, Massachusetts (Ms Averka).

Correspondence: Tara M. Tehan, MSN, MBA, RN, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA 01655 (Tara.Tehan@umassmed.edu).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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