Towards a new (or rearticulated) philosophy of mental health nursing: a dialogue‐on‐dialogue

COLLIER‐SEWELL, Freya and MELINO, Katerina (2023). Towards a new (or rearticulated) philosophy of mental health nursing: a dialogue‐on‐dialogue. Nursing Philosophy: e12433.

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The following dialogue takes up recent calls within nursing scholarship to critically imagine alternative nursing futures through the relational process of call and response. Towards this end, the dialogue builds on letters which we, the authors, exchanged as part of the 25th International Nursing Philosophy Conference in 2022. In these letters, we asked of ourselves and each other: If we were to think about a new philosophy of mental health nursing, what are some of the critical questions that we would need to ask? What warrants exploration? In thinking through these questions, our letters facilitated a collaborative enquiry in which philosophy and theory were generative tools for thinking beyond what is and towards what is yet to come. In this paper, we expand the dialogue within these letters—in a ‘dialogue‐on‐dialogue’—and take up one thread of our discussion to argue that a new philosophy of mental health nursing must rethink the relationships between ‘practitioner’/‘self’ and ‘self’/‘other’ if it is to create a radically different future. Further, we posit solidarity and public love as possible alternatives to foregrounding the ‘work’ of mental health nursing. The possibilities we present here should be received as partial, contingent and unfinished. Indeed, our purpose in this paper is to provoke discussion and, in so doing, to model what we believe is a necessary shift towards criticality in our communities of nursing scholarship.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Wiley via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for VoR version of this article: **Journal IDs: issn 1466-7681; issn 1466-769X **Article IDs: publisher-id: nup12433 **History: published_online 10-03-2023; accepted 01-03-2023; submitted 20-12-2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: DIALOGUE CONTRIBUTION, imagination, mental health nursing, nursing future, nursing philosophy, psychiatric nursing, solidarity
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SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2023 14:26
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 16:31

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