A New Nursing Aesthetic

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Conceptions of the art and aesthetics of nursing traditionally focus on the nurse and nursing practice. My purpose here is to propose a shift in thinking from this traditional focus that dominates the “art of nursing” literature, to consider a new nursing aesthetic that focuses on human beings proper: health as wellbecoming. I present a framework based on everyday aesthetics, feminist aesthetics, and Deweyan perspectives, along with attention to the nursing disciplinary perspective of health and well-being. I conclude with a look ahead to philosophical questions and scientific issues regarding theorizing and scientific inquiry about the health as wellbecoming aesthetic to advance nursing knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-36
Number of pages4
JournalNursing science quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • aesthetics
  • health
  • nursing knowledge
  • theorizing
  • wellbecoming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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