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Exploring nurses' use of language with older people

Draper, Peter; Wray, Jane; Burley, Sandra


Peter Draper

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Dr Jane Wray
Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor NHSEI

Sandra Burley


The authors discuss ways in which nurses speak to older people. Research shows that the words nurses use can have a powerful effect on the wellbeing of older people. An experimental project developed at the University of Hull is described in which creative writing techniques were used to increase nursing students' and staff's sensitivity to the importance of language in care. The project enabled participants to co-create a body of work that was subsequently displayed in the faculty reception, and it showed how trusting relationships could be developed between participants. The authors are working to extend the project by finding ways to embed creative writing in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. © 2013 RCN Publishing Ltd.


Draper, P., Wray, J., & Burley, S. (2013). Exploring nurses' use of language with older people. Nursing older people, 25(9), 18-23.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 6, 2013
Publication Date Nov 1, 2013
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2022
Journal Nursing Older People
Print ISSN 1472-0795
Electronic ISSN 2047-8941
Publisher RCN Publishing (RCNi)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 9
Pages 18-23
Keywords Creative writing; Dignity; Independence; Language; Wellbeing; Words
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