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Mirror, mirror: reflections on the emotionally intelligent practitioner

Warne, AR and Mcandrew, S 2009, 'Mirror, mirror: reflections on the emotionally intelligent practitioner' , Journal of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice., 6 (2) , pp. 157-167.

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    Abstract

    Nurturance, love, compassion, respect, humanity, self awareness, mind emptying and mindfulness are all qualities considered necessary for the development of the therapeutic relationship which is central to holistic care. Likewise raised levels of academia within nurse education have lead to the notion of emotional intelligence where such qualities, often associated with tacit and experiential knowledge, are inextricably bound with theory, practice and research. In an environment where nursing theory and research dominate, we suggest that such qualities are more likely to be attained if those expected to portray them, students, are themselves in receipt of the same or similar qualities from the organisations, namely education and practice. This paper explores the concept of preparedness in terms of developing the above qualities with those we educate and what might be required of educationalists in achieving this goal. Using psychoanalytic concepts of mirroring, holding and containing we explore the role of the educationalist in ‘preparing’ nurses to become emotionally intelligent practitioners. If we are to move from the rhetoric to the reality of an emotionally intelligent practitioner, nurse educators need to ensure that the student experience, in terms of their own learning, becomes the centre of their educational universe. We believe that this is more likely to occur when we as educationalists are able to personalise the educational process through mirroring love, care and nurturance, thus validating the emotional context of the students’ personal experience as a foundation for their learning.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health education, mirroring student experience, emotional intelligence, psychodynamic principles, arts in education
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice.
    Publisher: South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust and the University of Huddersfield
    ISSN: 1743-6885
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    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 18 May 2011 12:53
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:48
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/13985

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