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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

Print version ISSN 0103-2100On-line version ISSN 1982-0194

Abstract

CASTANHA, Maria de Lourdes; LACERDA, Maria Ribeiro  and  ZAGONEL, Ivete Palmira Sanson. Is the hospital a place for caring about imagination?: ¿un lugar para cuidar de lo imaginario?. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2005, vol.18, n.1, pp.94-99. ISSN 1982-0194.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-21002005000100013.

This paper discloses an experience report on nurse's work as caregiver, in which he makes use of 'storyteller' modality in a children's hospital. As a caring tool, such activity shows dynamism of children's imaginary world, since it changes their experiences into dream through the fantasy that the story brings and carries them away for some moments to a world where there is no pain and suffering. Also, this activity helps to establish interpersonal relationship between nurse and children, and between both of them and the story characters. Such caring modality helps sick children's recovery, acceptance of their illness condition and adjustment to the new environment, that is, the hospital. All this brings benefits to their health state as a whole. So, storytelling is ancillary therapy to set fantasy free and to keep distance from sadness and unpleasant sensations, and this enables nurse to achieve sensitive care.

Keywords : Pediatric nursing; Child [hospitalized]; Nurse - patient relations.

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