Acting slow in a fast world: A Phenomenological Study of Caring in the Recovery Room

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In this paper, we discuss “the slow in the fast” related to care situations in a “fast-track” hospital
setting were the length of patients’ stay has been reduced significantly. The discussion is based on a narrative created from observations made in a postoperative care unit where patients are intensively observed and cared for during a very short time span.
We found that within the phenomenological notions of lived time, lived space and lived illness, it is possible to create an imaginative space in time – to make a time warp. Despitebeing in a setting where the objective time measure dominates, the nurse can create a rhythm of her own in the room. Thus, acting slow in the quick meeting means that nurse-patient relationship is characterized by calmness and quietness, the nurse’s engagement in the patient’s suffering and her help to the patient to endure the present and hold the now
Original languageEnglish
Article numberISSN: 1913-4711
JournalPhenomenology & Practice
Volume12
Issue1
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
ISSN1913-4711
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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