Nursing in the Film Wit

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Nursing in the Film Wit Synopsis The film Wit portrayed the progression of Stage IV ovarian cancer and the deep reflection of Vivian Bearing (Emma Thompson), the English literature professor, who endured the life-altering diagnosis. Vivian was a well-known, highly intellectual educator in her field of philosophical poetry. After meeting with her colleague, oncologist Harvey Kelekian, she was prescribed countless experimental chemotherapy treatments. Vivian frequently commentated the experiences of the side-effects, the violent episodes of nausea and vomiting, and her reactions to the way she was treated by the medical personnel. She often referred to the poet, John Donne, throughout the film to relate her illness to what she loved and studied all of her life. It served as symbolism, representing her view the quality of her life and ultimate mortality. She reflected to the times when she was uncompassionate towards her own students and compared it to the feeling of inhumanity she was experiencing in the hospital. As Vivian’s cancer progressed, she decides to continue various intensive chemotherapies under the care of doctor and former student, Jason Posner, who viewed her as less than a person and more as an objective. On the other hand, Susie Monahan, Vivian’s nurse, served as her advocate from the beginning of her treatments to Vivian’s death. Nursing Role In the film, Susie not only represented the nursing community but exemplified what it means to be human. Vivian frequently highlighted the irony of having to physically and emotionally decline and lose all of her dignity to receive necessary medical attention. “I [Vivian Bearing] am learning to suffer.” However, Susie consistently rectifies the lack of compassion and recognizes how vulnerable Vivian is in this stage of her life. She continuously nurtured Vivian physically and emotionally. The first example

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