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Fostering Serenity in Nursing: Creating a Concept

Schaeffer, Amy F.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000087
JCN Online Extra: online only/advanced nursing scholarship

ABSTRACT: Defining and developing the concept “fostering serenity” is useful to nursing practice, particularly in patients who have had near-death experiences. However, for individuals who have had near-death experiences, this can be a challenge. A 10-phase method outlined by Smith and Liehr was used to extract the concept of fostering serenity from two patient experiences. The patient narratives included two key elements of fostering serenity: The “I–Thou” relationship and personal quietude. This article reviews the literature on serenity and the core concepts of the “I-Thou” relationship and quietude, particularly how they are defined and fostered in the setting of Christian nursing practice.

Can serenity be fostered in patients through specific actions of healthcare professionals? Concept extraction was used to develop a new concept for nursing. Fostering serenity has potential to influence health and healing.

Amy F. Schaeffer, MSN, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Amy practiced bedside nursing for 12 years. She is currently a PhD student at West Virginia University.

Accepted by peer review 9/4/2013.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2014 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship