There Be Dragons : Effects Of Unexplored Religion On Nurses ' Competence

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Barbara Pesut’s article, There be dragons: effects of unexplored religion on nurses’ competence in spiritual care and Olson, Paul, Douglass, Simington and Goddard’s article, Addressing the Spiritual Dimension in Canadian Undergraduate Nursing Education illustrate and argue that nurses need to be educated in nursing schools about religion and spirituality and its role in nursing care. It appears that the audience for Olson et al. are Canadian nursing educators, and Pesut’s are nursing students, nurses, nursing educators, etc. Although Pesut’s argument is logical and credible, it is not effective compared to Olson et al. because Olson et al. use a clear and straightforward language to entail the reader to come to their own conclusion, whereas Pesut uses dense and abstract illustrations, explicitly, imposing her argument on to the reader to think is a religious and a spiritual way. This paper is to show that the language used to make an effective argument plays a crucial role in persuading intended audience. In their article, Olson et al. are straight forward, clear, and concise, making it easy for nursing students, nurses, and nursing educators [their audience] to understand the content, whereas Pesut’s article is confusing and dense, making it difficult for most nurses [her audience] to understand or see clearly. Simultaneously, Olson et al. are more effective in their article compared to Pesut’s because their rhetoric is persuasive for their intended audience whereas

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