International Journal for Human Caring
Learning how to respond to others’ suffering is a significant challenge for undergraduate students in caregiving professions. An interprofessional-directed interview project related to suffering was implemented. Students (N = 247) completed a post project survey. Descriptive statistics indicated that students rated their interview-based learning experiences highly. Narrative theme analyses generated 4 main themes: a) developing self-awareness, b) expanding views of suffering, c) grasping spiritual aspects of suffering, and d) learning compassionate and supportive presence. From these preliminary findings has emerged a potential pedagogical model of suffering to prepare students to compassionately support those who suffer.
Author Supplied Keywords
Suffering, Interview project, Pedagogy, Compassionate presence, Self-awareness, Shared vulnerability
Suffering--Social aspects; Suffering--Study and teaching
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Braband, Barbara; Gaudino, Rebecca; and Rogers, Anissa T., "Exploring Students’ Perceptions and Understanding of Life-Altering Suffering: An Interview Project" (2015). Nursing Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 11.