Intensive Care Unit Nursing: An Interpretable and Hermeneutic Practice


  • Giuliana Harvey Mount Royal University University of Calgary
  • Dianne M Tapp University of Calgary
  • Nancy J Moules University of Calgary



gadamer, philosophical hermeneutics, intensive care unit nursing


Intensive care unit (ICU) nursing is an interpretive practice. Hermeneutics, as an interpretive philosophy, is an ideal approach to make meaning of the ambiguities that exist in this intensive practice setting. This paper uses the underpinnings from Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics to explore the idea that ICU nursing is an interpretive practice. 

Author Biographies

Giuliana Harvey, Mount Royal University University of Calgary

RN, Doctoral Student in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary

Dianne M Tapp, University of Calgary

RN, PhD, Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary

Nancy J Moules, University of Calgary

RN, PhD, Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary; Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care


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