Nursing as a Helping Relationship

  • Anne Byrne
  • Don Byrne


At its most fundamental level the practice of nursing involves the intense and some times deeply personal interaction between two individuals, the one being defined by the characteristics of suffering and dependency and the other by the attributes of helping, caring and healing. Much of what a nurse does in her professional role involves the use of technology to relieve suffering, alleviate symptoms and bring about with all possible haste the processes of recovery and so enable the patient to return to his or her normal life. In this role the interaction between the nurse and patient is very much a unidirectional one in which the nurse assumes the position of the authoritative professional whose function is to apply the techniques of treatment and healing, and to lead the patient with competence and confidence through to the point where the relationship is no longer necessary.


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© A. E. and D. G. Byrne 1992

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  • Don Byrne

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