An Analysis of Nursing Theory in the Film: Wit

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An Analysis of Nursing Theory In the Film: Wit Daniel Foytlin Kean University Abstract The Pulitzer Prize winning play Wit, by Margaret Edson, was artfully converted to film in 2001. The story details the life and reflections of a brilliant, uncompromising, yet cold-hearted English professor, as she endures an experimental treatment for cancer. The film also provides a stark view of the medical community and its various approaches toward end of life care. The analysis of the film discusses the contrast between various Nursing Models, as viewed through the eyes of the patient and her reactions toward each model. Wit is the story of Vivian Bearing (Emma Thompson), a doctor of English literature, who has recently been diagnosed with stage four, metastatic ovarian cancer. She is encouraged to participate in an experimental, eight month chemotherapy treatment by her Oncologist, Dr. Harvey Kalekian (Christopher Lloyd). Dr. Kalekian speaks to her in medical jargon, not fully explaining exactly what the treatment will entail, but states that if she is "tough" and relies on her inner strength, she should do well. Dr. Bearing, being a hard-nosed, uncompromising type, agrees to the treatment. She attempts to be tolerant and suffers through endless tests, "fake" concern from staff, and the poking and prodding of fellowship doctors on rounds, who gleefully gaze upon her like a child's science experiment; viewing her simply as "research" and not as a human being. Through this ordeal, Dr. Bearing faces the loneliness of the hospital, as well as the grueling passage of time in the isolation ward as she suffers the after effects of chemotherapy. She takes this time to reflect upon her life, and how "putting a semicolon instead of a comma in the wrong place, can change the meaning of

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