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Keywords

Catherine McAuley, compassion, faith-based schools of nursing, mercy, nursing, nursing students

 

Authors

  1. Thiel, Linda M.
  2. Razmus, Ivy
  3. Nauta, Becky
  4. Keep, Suzanne
  5. Thomas, Roberta
  6. Moran, Katherine

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Mercy is a valued nursing attribute. It often identifies faith-based educational institutions, clinics, and hospitals and has been a quality valued and taught by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy through nursing's history. This qualitative study explored the meaning of mercy as expressed by undergraduate nursing students attending a faith-based nursing school. This article presents the findings of a question posed to students: What does mercy mean to me? Nursing practice and education implications are also presented.