Maturing Professional Selfhood through Body Mapping

  • Colleen Maykut Department of Health Systems & Sustainability, Faculty of Nursing, MacEwan University, Alberta, Canada
Keywords: aesthetic, educational strategy, narrative, selfhood, student


Nursing education's fundamental goal is to prepare students to effectively transition into practice. Success in this endeavor occurs when the student has a clear sense of themselves as a professional in relationship with their peers and grounded in disciplinary knowledge. Faculty must intentionally create opportunities for students to explore and mature their professional selfhood (PSH) to assist in a smooth transition from academia to practice. Educational strategies which enhance the awareness and continued development of PSH as a birthplace for professional identity may enable the graduate to navigate the healthcare system, mitigate ethical dilemmas, and enhance the quality of life for those they care for and themselves. Aesthetic narratives could be utilized to engage students in the analysis of their PSH as an alternative beyond the dominant text as an expression.


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Author Biography

Colleen Maykut, Department of Health Systems & Sustainability, Faculty of Nursing, MacEwan University, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Colleen Maykut’s practice (research and teaching) is grounded in the caring sciences and informed by many theorists, specifically Roach. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; her dissertation was entitled “The development of the Comportment Attribute Scale to ascertain influences of non-verbal observable behavioural expressions on professional image” utilizing Sister Simone Roach’s seminal work as a framework.

Her entire academic career has been spent with the sole purpose of advancing caring theory through research and education. She has been an active MacEwan faculty member serving on numerous committees over her 23-year career. She believes in giving back to the community and is a board director for Chi Nu (Sigma Theta Tau International "SIGMA" - MacEwan University Chapter); Win House (a shelter for women and children fleeing domestic abuse), Sigma International Advisory Board for the Center for Excellence in Nursing Education, and is the International Association for Human Caring Board of Directors as treasurer.


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How to Cite
Maykut, C. (2021). Maturing Professional Selfhood through Body Mapping. Journal of Health and Caring Sciences, 3(1).