A Grounded Theory Approach To The Study of Caring Interaction in Turkey
Although caring is the essence of nursing (Watson, 1979), there is a limited number of studies about caring interactions, especially from the perspective of nurses (Amacher, 1973; Henry, 1976; McCorkle, 1974). The focus of these studies is on the importance of touch. In these studies, they define touch as a way of caring. Whereas some authors (Leininger, 1977; Rogers, 1969) have equated love and caring, others (Howard and Strauss, 1975) have noted that there is a difference between ‘caring’ and ‘taking care of.’ To take care of someone refers to physical attendance and can be easily accomplished in an I-it relationship. By contrast, the essence of nursing requires a nurse’s presence, as well as an I-thou relationship; it involves giving and taking, as well as being in dialogue with the patient (Gadow, 1980). In addition, a holistic view that sees the patient as a whole with both psycho-social and physical aspects is necessary for the future of caring (Gulino, 1982).
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