FNA Nursing Practice Story Conference
The Art of Story: Illuminating Caring Science
June 26, 2020
Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL
In celebration of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, FNA will be holding a new conference that will illuminate the science of caring through story telling. We are seeking stories that demonstrate, critical thinking, clinical judgment, and caring behaviors. We are seeking nurses from all areas of practice to share their stories.
Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Dr. Patricia Liehr is a professor of nursing at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. She is co-author, with Dr. Mary Jane Smith, of Story Theory and the textbook, Middle Range Theory for Nursing. Dr. Liehr believes that stories are powerful entities for chronicling and creating health and her research endeavors reflect this belief.
Dr. Liehr's research focus can broadly be described as one addressing peace, both personal and global. This work includes the study of interventions such as yoga, mindfulness and story-centered care but it also encompasses the use of creative story-based approaches to bridge misunderstandings at a global level. Dr. Liehr's focus on peace emerged in the study of stress beginning with her dissertation research where she focused on cardiovascular-reactivity-during-talking (story-sharing) using standardized protocols that framed talking as a relevant social stressor with potential to affect health. As the PI, co-PI or co-Investigator on a series of NIH-funded studies Dr. Liehr has led research team activities to accomplish activities like analysis of story data, implementation of cardiovascular reactivity protocols and oversight of integrative health interventions, such as mindfulness and yoga.
Dr. Liehr has an active research program that has been developing for nearly two decades with Japanese colleagues. The current work of the team focuses on creative dissemination of findings from a study of health stories from Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima survivors. This is multi-disciplinary research where stories of health were gathered and analyzed with guidance from Story Theory, a middle range theory co-developed by Dr. Liehr. In this research, the team used Story Inquiry Method, a qualitative analysis approach to identify the turning points in survivors' stories.