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Keywords

compassion, connectedness, healing encounters, nursing, pedagogical model, suffering, Syrophoenician woman, transformation

 

Authors

  1. Gaudino, Rebecca
  2. Braband, Barbara
  3. Rogers, Anissa

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Learning how to respond to suffering is a significant challenge for healthcare providers. This interdisciplinary paper relays a Pedagogy of Suffering Model, based on research following a suffering interview project with undergraduate nursing students. The model is compared to the Gospel account of an encounter between Jesus and a Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:24-30), supporting biblical and theological soundness of the model's transformative tasks for learning how to respond to suffering. The model can guide development of learning experiences that deepen understanding of compassionate interventions for those who suffer.