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caregiving, healing, home, place, suffering



  1. Marshall, Elaine Sorensen PhD, RN


Although environment is a core concept in nursing, it has had little theoretical or empirical attention, especially related to healing. This article explores the following aspects of the meaning of healing as they relate to environment as place: (a) healing is grounded in suffering; (b) healing is active and requires presence of the patient and the nurse; and (c) healing is private, spiritual, and profound. Home is explored as a place for healing. The article explores implications for the study of meaning of home, when home is not a place for healing, and future directions for theory and research.