Connecting conversations: Nursing scholarship and practice facing the 21 st century

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An international inaugural conference held in Iceland in June 1995 had as its theme 'Connecting conversations: Nursing scholarship and practice into the 21st century'. In this paper, which is an expansion of my keynote address about this theme delivered at the conference, I begin by tracing the roots of both nursing's and wider society's separation and isolation and by identifying the forces that divide and unite us. I trace these roots through a more philosophical than professional or organizational lineage, examining how the culture of radical individualism and the modernist technological understanding may have forced this stance. I highlight what is happening in nursing at present and suggest pressures that possibly militate against collaborative and constructive 'connecting conversations'. I then move on to suggest some possible strategies through which we may begin to overcome the obstacles in the way of genuine collaboration and connectedness in our lives and work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-76
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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