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Exploring the Compassionate Care Connection

Burnell, Lori

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181eedc23

Although the word "compassion" is an integral component of nursing care, a clear conceptualization of the term is lacking. This article examines compassion from historical, biblical, and global perspectives; spiritual connections; and calls for research to help build our understanding of what compassion means and how to enter into other's suffering.

"Compassion" is essential to good nursing, but what does it mean? Explore historical, biblical, global, and spiritual perspectives, with recommendations for compassion research.

Lori Burnell, RN, MSN, PhD(c), is Vice President/Chief Nurse Executive of Scripps Mercy Hospital and doctoral candidate at the University of San Diego. Her husband is a pastor at Horizon Park Chapel, San Diego.

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