Essay on Wit: an Analysis

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Wit: An Analysis

Abstract
Wit is a movie about a woman dying of cancer. It is a powerful drama that chronicles the last few months of her life. The recurring theme throughout the movie is the nurses’ role as the compassionate, caring individual who humanizes the main character. The nurse seems to be everywhere and able to do just about everything that is needed. The nurses’ sole purpose in this film is to promote healing, preserve dignity and respect the patient as a whole person. The nursing theorist strongly represented in this film is Jean Watson. . This paper explains Jean Watson’s theoretical concept how the nurse in the movie utilizes her nursing theory model. Summary of Wit
Wit is the story of Vivian Bearing, a
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He, human is viewed as greater than and different from, the sum of his or her parts”. (Watson, 1988, p.14) Watson defines nursing as a “human science of persons and human health-illness experiences that are mediated by professional, personal, scientific, esthetic and ethical human transactions” (George, 2010). The practice of caring, if utilizing Jean Watson’s theory, is vital to nursing.

Nursing Role in Wit
Vivian Bearing’s nurse, Susie Monahan, was a perfect representation of the “caring” nurse, following Jean Watson’s theory of transpersonal caring. "The caring component of nursing provides comfort and support in times of anxiety, loneliness, and helplessness. It involves listening, evaluating, and intervening appropriately."(Taylor & Lillis, 2001, p. 103). Susie portrayed all of these aspects of nursing beautifully. She applied Watson’s theory by valuing Dr. Bearing as a person and respecting her. Susie cared for Dr. Bearing with dignity and focused on making Dr. Bearing’s environment a healing environment. Throughout the film, Susie seemed to be the only person that was always there for Dr. Bearing and seemed to be the only person that saw Dr. Bearing as a person, and not just research. Caring for patients and seeing them as the people they are can make healing easier and dying more dignified and Susie Monahan did exactly that for Dr. Bearing

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