Reflections on Course Material 1. Benner and Wrunde (2005) describe the experience of a nurse named Clare Hastings who encounters a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. Clare had a deep sense of communication with the woman and achieved an understanding of that patient’s experience. The article basically illustrates the process through which the nurse came to understand the woman’s experience. She needed to make contact or construct a bridge to the person’s lived experience of illness. The means for such contact is the nurse’s understanding of the patient’s experience. The main concept in this article is phenomenology which is linked with critical social theory. Phenomenology refers to “understanding the lived experience of the illness...The end:
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