Between Augustine of Hippo and Florence Nighntigale: nursing care came to intertwine with beauty

Nursing care has several definitions, characteristics and theoretical constructions, allowing their realization in various scenarios, such as care, teaching, extension and research. Configuring itself as more idealized or more understood in its practical dimension, sometimes it is even confused with the non-care (manifested when, for example, one hears phrases like the lack of ethics in care, which is a paradox, since an unethical care can no longer be defined as such), it remains over a long period of time as a phenomenon that nursing as a field of knowledge and applied area, has been addressing. It can be addressed by phenomenological existential aspect or be seized in its psychosocial and/or sociological facet as well as be framed in its dimension of objective and positivist science. Either way, it will be always the human presence, two beings that are so deliberate in a specific institutional context. This date is generally mediated by an intense joy (the birth of a child, the moment of a hospital discharge and the diagnostic procedure that didn't result in a serious outcome) or by a profound sadness (death of a loved one, a prognosis or diagnosis with a fatality that permanently changed their life) in institutions that have an environment and work process with strong psychological burden with tension and suffering.

Thus, the living, the sick and the dying imply achieve concrete values, emphasizing the cognitive (the truth), ethical (the beauty), the hedonic (pleasure) and the spiritual (the sacred). Therefore, the nursing professional must be sensitive to these values when caring for human life.

Therefore, we considered, including in other productions, which has nursing care, as its main feature, the stimulus to the potential of people who interact with their happenings, providing a resignification of themselves and the situations in which, as well as leading to possibilities that touch the intangible (another paradox of their own care, them self). Overcoming previously not thought of items, then become concrete, allowing for a certain beauty of human life, even in its completion and organic wasting process, go through the suffering, which ends for allowing a wellness and comfort that go beyond the physical, biological and physiological plains. This extrapolate, however, does not necessarily preclude the ethical imperatives that the health care system, institutions and health professionals need to implement for the maintenance of human life with dignity and respect, enabling all attend the different needs presented by the subject and their family.

I would like, as a fundamental factor, countering, suffering and despair, not only the concept of the absence of physical and / or spiritual pain, but especially the aesthetic appreciation of the beautiful and present the proposition that nurses can collaborate in building and appreciation beauty as a result of the fabric of a sense that grant harmony, balance and grace (sometimes even perfection) to a process of living, getting sick and dying. On this track, the disease shows up as a time of crisis (purification) where a person attentive to itself and its history in a revolutionary manner or when death and dying are faced as a natural order of a per-course, with the wisdom and the tranquility of those who have fulfilled their history and did what they were allowed to do within a possible framework for effective and / or desired mobilization.

Human life, while being subjected to time count, irredeemably as natural consequence, undergo constant need of construction and deconstruction of situations, feelings, relationships, challenges, opportunities and events unfold, turn and return in a small fraction of time itself. It is the human being that if constructs and deconstructs in repeated and always small and constant passage of the unprecedented God Chronos, since the timelessness is a gift that only some of the gods enjoy.

Here goes, the concept of beauty in sensitive supported St. Augustine, where its central aspect relates to the unity that exists in every creature and unity that is built as a result of sliding of one's life on the weather rail, this unit which is usually held in moments of synthesis, generally not as frequent, but extremely necessary in preparing for higher levels of harmony, balance and grace and consequently beauty. Again, nursing care is intertwined with the beauty, as is presented as a favorable space-time for syntheses and for the perception of a unit that is itself the trajectory of each being in its particulars, but also to a unit transcends human exist-ence, for which we give the name of spirituality.

Nursing cannot perform the synthesis by the patient that lies within their care and, sometimes, you can't even highlight the unity achieved in the health-disease process so unequivocal, but the authentic presence of nurses available and allows a bending process time when words and silences as well as acts and attitudes reflect the comfort of ability of ad-miring the situation as is and If necessary, the possibility of making a synthesis that express human greatness that implies the overcoming of any situation, even in illness and death.

Therefore, nursing care itself is traversed by the beauty, while also generates, in spite of the finding that carries in her womb, the possibility of accidentally human right asserts, Arendt. Despite this, it is impossible to rate: nursing is an art, as evidenced by Florence Nightingale, and this art can, we believe, to root someone in a rich soil and allow both your head and your heart reach spaces stimulate and encourage potential unit processes of those who we care for.


Antonio Marcos Tosoli Gomes
Associate Editor

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