The Language of Caring: Nurse’s Aides’ Use of Family Metaphors Conveys Affective Care
Journal ArticleExpanding Access & Cultural Competence
June 1, 2007
This study, based on interviews with 30 nurse’s aides at three long-term care facilities, looks at how cultural concepts of family serve as framework for the development of affective care between caregivers and recipients. The interviewees were predominantly African-Americans or immigrants and findings show how, by filtering their experiences through metaphors of family, nurse’s aides are able to provide quality care despite racial abuse from patients.