Can compassion be taught? Mikey Whitehead, children’s student nurse editor, thinks out loud …
The 6Cs weren’t actually created or founded by Jane Cummings. They were created by a person called Roache.
I’ve spoke about comportment, which Jane Cummings decided not to use in her version. Instead, she chose compassion.
A while ago, I hosted a twitter chat asking whether compassion could be taught to nurses. What do you think?
The general feeling of the chat was that no, it could not be taught. If this is true, then how are we supposed to get over the problem of nurses that are qualified and working, who have no empathy and compassion?
If we cannot teach it, what else are we to do to try and combat the problem?
There were some tweeters that said teaching compassion and empathy was possible.
They thought it something that could be honed and practiced, and therefore taught.
If you use twitter, get in touch with us at @StudentNT or me @STNNurse_Mikey and tell us your thoughts.
What else do you think affects the ability of a nurse to be compassionate? Let us know
Mikey Whitehead is the children’s nursing student nurse editor for Student Nursing Times.