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Space 

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Space
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Mark Lazenby

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199364541.003.0005
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date: 23 October 2020

Patients present to nurses in the places of care, most often in industrial places such as hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, schools, birthing centers, and sometimes homes. Wherever patients present to nurses, they present as vulnerable, that is, as needing care. Through their responsible relationship with patients, nurses transform the place of care, in which patients are vulnerable, into a space of care, a space in which nurses respond to patients’ vulnerabilities with compassionate nursing care. The habit of space is, through the work of nursing, transforming the place of care in which patients present into the space of care in which patients can be present.

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