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Develop Student Compassion Through Service-Learning

Brown, Esther

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182a1fc60
Feature: education

ABSTRACT: Compassion is the ability to be sympathetic along with the desire to remedy distress and offer help. The art and science of nursing speaks to the need of having compassion toward those nurses serve, especially when different from the nurse. This article examines the concept of service-learning as a teaching strategy and way of developing compassion in today's nursing students.

Compassion is a quality possessed in varying measure by all but we may not recognize or act on it.

Dr. Rev. Esther Brown, EdD, RN, ThB, is an assistant professor, Widener School of Nursing in Chester, Pennsylvania, serving as the freshman level coordinator and director of the RN/BSN/MSN Program. Rev. Brown serves as Pastor of Mt. Raymond UAME Church in Downingtown, PA.

Accepted by peer review 5/10/2013.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2013 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship