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Authors

  1. Festa, Laura Meeks EdD, RNCS
  2. Tuck, Inez PhD, RN

Abstract

This article describes clinical practice where forgiveness is a central patient family issue. In this case, the professional nurses learned substantively from the family about the tragic consequences of forgiveness withheld and the transformative nature of forgiveness extended. The concept of forgiveness is defined and forgiveness as a primary, secondary, and tertiary intervention is considered. Implications for professional practice are developed. Practical forgiveness-based assessment questions are included. A review of instrumentation from other disciplines measuring interpersonal dimensions of forgiveness is offered. Significant aspects of the process of forgiveness are elucidated and opportunities for forgiveness-related nursing research are identified.