Power and Empowerment: Critical concepts in the nurse-client relationship
Contemporary Nurse:a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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Two key concepts in health promotion within the nurse-client relationship are power and empowerment. Theorists and researchers have not achieved consensus on how they are to be defined and addressed. However, both power and empowerment are recognized to occur at macro and micro levels, and as such need to be addressed at each level. Using a critical nursing perspective, this article explores these concepts it identifies concerns that arise around power and risks that arise in empowerment practice. Nurses are challenge to develop a new way of seeing empowerment practice, and encouraged to focus on 'being with' clients, rather than 'doing to' them.