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ItemA critical hermeneutic circle to reimagine professional selfhood(2023) Maykut, Colleen; Miller, Cole; Porter, Meredith; Badu, Nikki; Barroma, Arianne; Cheung, Chanel; McLeod, Danielle; Trotter, CassidyProfessional selfhood (PSH) is the embodiment of an individual’s social location influenced by being in and with the world. PSH informs our evolving professional journey as nurses. As our journeys are never singular, community formation to support this evolution is vital. Utilizing body mapping as an aesthetic methodology was enhanced through reflexivity situated in a critical hermeneutic circle. The phenomenon of interest in the original research study of six novice nurses was how the tension between what they desire to do and what they were able to do, lived in and on their bodies. This is our story, as a community of artists and researchers, who were inspired by a Critical Hermeneutic Circle the ongoing nurturance to enter this brave space to re-imagine our evolving PSH. ItemMapping our nursing essence: a tattooed imprint of the struggle between desire and reality(2023) Maykut, Colleen; Miller, Cole; Porter, MeredithTruths are subjective and often incomplete when we view the world through the dominant perspective of the mind. Heidegger (2010) suggested we live and experience our world through our bodies, and these experiences leave both visible and invisible impressions. When we interact with others our interpretation of our world is enhanced. However, the capacity to interpret and convey the complexity of our experiences is often constrained by external narratives, and an absence of a space to support exploration. Understanding socio-political processes and structures may assist with navigating and mitigating oppressive influences on practice. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to convey aesthetically and then interpret the professional world of Registered Nurses (RNs). Specifically, the intersection between what a nurse desires to do and what they are able to do in their practice. Body mapping as an aesthetic methodology made visible the professional and personal experiences on life-size body drawings, and thus provided a richer illustration than text alone (Gastaldo et al., 2012, 2018; Skop, 2016). Reflexive interpretation, as a community, began the process of deconstructing to reconstruct the individual’s narrative to create shared meaning of the professional intersection. ItemSuffering as a means to enhance experiential learning(2015) Maykut, Colleen; Porter, MeredithThe aim of this study was to examine the efficacy of a combined teaching and learning strategy (vodcast and narratives) to replace a traditional lecture to enhance experiential learning focusing on the concepts of caring, suffering, and ethical dilemmas. ItemTrench work: scaffolding a metaphorical bridge to foster the advancement of caring sciences(2015) Maykut, Colleen; Porter, MeredithCaring, as knowledge, must be foundational within a nursing curriculum; while caring, as action, must be consistently nurtured in caring relationships to foster healing environments. If caring is seen as a way of being that emanates from a nurse’s expression of their humanity then knowledge of caring sciences is vital in nursing education to ensure the development of an ethical, epistemological, and ontological perspective for both educators and students. One approach to ensuring the actualization of a caring science curriculum is through authentic dialogue, thereby, embodying the prerequisites necessary for a nursing student to espouse a caring practice is imperative. A novel approach to curriculum development evolved following a candid discussion between nursing students and faculty with respect to a core course offered in an undergraduate nursing program. This discussion inspired the co-development of case studies grounded in the caring sciences exploring the concepts of moral dilemmas, spirituality, and suffering. As nursing faculty, we have the opportunity and responsibility to create and role-model caring relationships with our students to enhance their future nursing practice and to continue to nurture our own professional development; influencing knowing, doing, and being as a caring practitioner. The authors, an enrolled undergraduate nursing student (during the research study) and a tenured faculty member, will reflect on their journey of scaffolding a metaphorical bridge (initiating, developing, and sustaining an innovative academic collaboration) grounded in caring sciences to enhance undergraduate nursing education.