Promoting care giving interventions through the Dance of Caring Persons (after Pross et al,)

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Hardy, SE and White, X (2016). Promoting care giving interventions through the Dance of Caring Persons (after Pross et al,). Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing. 3 (1), pp. 1-4.
AuthorsHardy, SE and White, X
Abstract

Health and social care staff work in complex workplace cultures that expose them to human suffering, distress and ‘dis-ease’. To defend themselves from emotional and physical pain, staffs undertake tasks, rituals, customs and practices to ameliorate discomfort. This serves as psychological and physical protection from their clients; alien to the ethos of person centred compassionate care. The dance of caring persons is a metaphor for the physical and emotional interaction of a caring relationship. Being facilitated through each of the dance steps offers one way to reignite caring professions. We outline a workshop process aimed to re-engage care staff with an intention to care. Self-care is the first step, which at an intentional, meaningful level requires a moment of mindfulness as internal bodily awareness. Noticing one’s emotional state increases self-awareness and an ability to focus on the here and now, from which to relish the breadth and depth of human experience. The second step includes a moment of performance; through intentional use of non-verbal communication to welcome and engage with others. The third step of the dance is active and effective verbal communication used to purposefully enter into a caring relationship. The fourth step is critical creative discussion, following mutual reflection of what has gone before. Step five is resonance; delving deeper into understanding the emotional and body senses, exploring the words exchanged, their intention and ‘true’ meaning. Step six is the creation of a ‘collage of caring’. Fragments of mutual learning, emotive expression and reactions (impact) are captured in the final exchange undertaken by all involved in the caring process. The dance of caring persons aims to identify the dance steps each person contributes to the context of caring. Such a compendium of caring provokes a deeper understanding of self in relation to the other, within the context of health and social care interactions.

KeywordsDance; Mindfulness; Caring; Resilience; Compassion
Year2016
JournalJournal of Community & Public Health Nursing
Journal citation3 (1), pp. 1-4
PublisherLondon South Bank University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.4172/2471-9846.1000148
Publication dates
Print29 Dec 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited25 Jul 2017
Accepted22 Dec 2016
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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