by Sheryl Marlar
University of West Georgia nursing students in Dr. Kelly Dyar’s course on professional concepts incorporated the poetry of Dr. Charles Bardes into their aesthetic projects that were recently exhibited in UWG’s Tanner Health System School of Nursing.
In this course, students study professionalism and professional identity, communication, legal issues, clinical reasoning, informatics, teamwork assigning and delegating, and health care quality.
“We learn Jean Watson’s theory of human caring, discussing how our students can use it to implement the professional concepts of the course,” said Dyar, assistant professor of nursing. “In this project, students were asked to synthesize what they learned in the course and aesthetically represent the concepts and a theory of caring.”
Earlier this semester, UWG hosted Dr. Charles Bardes, physician and poet, as an artist-in-residence for two weeks.
While in the West Georgia area, Bardes provided readings and spoke on the vital role of writers and poets. His most recent work, “Diary of Our Fatal Illness,” is an extended prose poem that explores health care and sickness, following his father’s two-year battle with cancer.
In collaboration with the College of Arts and Humanities, Dyar was chosen for a fellowship to work with Bardes during his visit.
“I was honored to participate in Bardes’ visit,” Dyar concluded. “Having the opportunity to incorporate his work into a course allowed me to show our students that they can learn about nursing and caring for others through literature and the arts.”