I see and I remain silent

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2012-06-21

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Sanders, Wendy

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The discourse of silence in nursing is ubiquitous. This dominant and domineering discourse is insidiously embedded in nursing practice. In this paper, I examine the ontological, epistemological, and ethical constructs of the discourse of silence in nursing, using a feminist lens to guide critical reflection. Select literature, personal reflections, and experiences in the home care nursing environment are incorporated into the discussion. Identification and analysis of the literature follow an integrative review process. Pervasive, insidious, and invisible the discourse of silence arguably constitutes a dominant discourse. Dominant discourses and ideologies entrenched in this discourse are exposed within the examples provided. Questions are posed throughout the paper not to find answers but to stimulate thinking. Suggestions to actively move this discourse in nursing from silence to voice are proposed.

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silence, ontological construct, epistemological construct, ethical construct, critical reflection

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