Poetry and sociopoetics as an instrument for the management of emotions and feelings in clinical nursing practices

  • José Siles-González
  • Ana L. Noreña Peña
  • Carmen Solano-Ruiz


General objective: to reflect on the feelings that inspire students when read poems focused on experiences of clinical practice. Specific objectives: Identify the feelings and emotions caused by the reading of poems inspired by clinical experiences of the students individually (nursing poetry);To assess intersubjectively the feelings and emerging emotions induced by reading poems related to clinical experiences (sociopoetics) (Cody, 1995; Chocarro, 2013).

The clinical practices of the nursing students constitute a scenario where emotions and crossed feelings will emerge between patients and nurses during the process of implementation of the care. The experiences of the students in the course of their clinical practices will influence the process of social construction of feelings and emotions in this context. The feelings have a great importance in the generation of behaviors, although this is an aspect that has traditionally been little studied. The aesthetics of care, as a science that studies the feelings involved in health care during the nurse- patient interaction, has, among others, the function of revealing the authentic dimension of feelings and their incidence not only on a purely aesthetic level, but in the generation of attitudes, knowledge and behaviors (Siles & Solano, 2011, 2016). In the words of Velasco, the complex network of meanings that is built during clinical practices: "(...) is actually a whole range of ideas, beliefs, conceptions of the world, society, abstractions, principles of action, biographical itineraries. , orientations for everyday or special situations, etc. "(Velasco, 2007: 19), feelings being the main source of motivation in the orientation of behaviors and generation of knowledge and attitudes. To understand the incidence of feelings in behavior, it is crucial to define the experience as the way in which the person perceives and understands their experiences, in the most varied situations, attributing to them meanings that are always accompanied by feelings, (Forghieri, 1991). The feelings are derived from emotional responses to situations compromised by various aspects (deteriorated body image, physical or mental disability, dependency situations, etc.). Livneh (1982) argues that feelings provoke aesthetic reactions of rejection or empathy in situations such as bodily deformities, suffering before pain, death, etc.