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Ethical dilemmas in sharing transformative experiences with patients in a clinical setting: A Reflective Account

Khan, Marion (2021) Ethical dilemmas in sharing transformative experiences with patients in a clinical setting: A Reflective Account. International Journal for Transformative Research, 8 (1). pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

Abstract: I write this article as a postgraduate researcher undertaking a doctorate in Education, with an interest in research as a transformative process, and fascinated by the debate as to whether reality is objective or subjective. In reflecting on this, I recalled a significant incident that occurred when I was Professional Education Lead in an NHS hospital. I had been asked to work with a nurse, who had been disciplined as a consequence of talking about her Christian faith with a patient. The nurse was assuming that, in sharing experiences that were transformative for her, she might also transform the patient’s perception of her own illness and its meaning. As a Christian myself, I was caught in a situation where I could understand the conflicting perspectives of all key players, including the patient, her family, the nurse, and the NHS managers. I explore how I mediated my way through this situation, aiming to do justice to all perspectives, and the ethical dilemmas I faced when having to choose between personal and professional values. As a consequence of this incident, I have learned that, not only is transformation a deeply personal experience, but because it is either influenced by, or leads to, a specific world view, it supports the idea of reality being subjective rather than objective.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ijtr-2021-0001
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5842

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