Healthcare practitioners are human yet driven daily to endure and keep track of phenomena and experiences most humans don’t even see in a lifetime. We need to make this work sustainable because the world needs healers.
Listening and storytelling help the crisis of burnout in today’s medical field to heal healers.
Narrative Healthcare is the long-standing relationship between medicine and story. This particular branch grows from the Creative Writing Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina, where Laura Hope-Gill, MFA, convenes surgeons, nurses, physicians assistants, poets, writers, licensed clinical social workers, and counselors for courses rich in writing and reflection. Narrative Healthcare is the meeting place for using storytelling to communicate data, writing poetry to cope with stress, developing narrative competence (the ability to listen to, interpret, absorb, and be moved by stories), and addressing moral injury and burnout.