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The place of metaphor and language in exploring nurses' emotional work.

Froggatt, Katherine (1998) The place of metaphor and language in exploring nurses' emotional work. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 28 (2). pp. 332-338. ISSN 0309-2402

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Abstract

An understanding of the importance of language as a symbolic artefact, particularly with reference to metaphor, has been little addressed within the nursing literature. Consequently, the potential richness of people's accounts may be missed. Data from a study which explored the nature of hospice work and nurses' experiences of professional and personal bereavements are used to illustrate the different understanding which an exploration of metaphor can bring to research. Meanings of metaphor and its role in language are initially presented before drawing on data concerned with the emotional aspects of hospice work. Root metaphors of emotion are identified and examples from nurses' accounts indicate how nurses draw on these metaphors to articulate their experiences. The strategies nurses employ to continue working within the hospice culture are identified both practically in their work and metaphorically in the language they use.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing work • emotional work • metaphor • language • hospice
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 31987
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 01 Mar 2010 16:24
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:04
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31987

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