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Constructing a nursing identity: reflecting on and reconstructing experience

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Reflecting on and reconstructing her experience from the late 1980s as a Director of Nursing who implemented family-centred care in a hospital, the author discerns narrative resonances with her contemporary life as a nurse-teacher. Through telling multiple versions of that story, intersecting with ongoing life events in the 1990s, she shows how identity is constructed and pulls forward into her teaching–learning practices in the new millennium. Telling the stories of family-centred care is for the author a way to uncover her assumptions that become fixed plotlines underpinning her actions. Her secret and cover stories emerge from daily life in social situations and show personal–professional connections. This paper explores the questions: How does it matter to nurse-teacher identity to reflect on and reconstruct life experience? How is this significant for shaping baccalaureate nursing curriculum?

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: York University, Canada

Publication date: February 1, 2006

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