“Could I return to my life?” Integrated Narrative Nursing Model in Education (INNE)

Giovanna Artioli, Chiara Foà, Chiara Cosentino, Francesco Sulla, Alfonso Sollami, Chiara Taffurelli

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Background and aim: The Integrated Narrative Nursing Model (INNM) is an approach that integrates the qualitative methodology typical of the human sciences, with the quantitative methodology more often associated with the natural sciences. This complex model, which combines a focus on narrative with quantitative measures, has recently been effectively applied to the assessment of chronic patients. In this study, the model is applied to the planning phase of education (Integrated Narrative Nursing Education, INNE), and proves to be a valid instrument for the promotion of the current educational paradigm that is centered on the engagement of both the patient and the caregiver in their own path of care. The aim of this study is therefore to describe the nurse’s strategy in the planning of an educational intervention by using the INNE model. Methods: The case of a 70-year-old woman with pulmonary neoplasm is described at her first admission to Hospice. Each step conducted by the reference nurse, who uses INNE to record the nurse-patient narrative and collect subsequent questionnaires in order to create a shared educational plan, is also described. Results: The information collected was submitted, starting from a grounded methodology to the following four levels of analysis: I. Needs Assessment, II. Narrative Diagnosis, III. Quantitative Outcome, IV. Integrated Outcome. Step IV, which is derived from the integration of all levels of analysis, allows a nurse to define, even graphically, the conceptual map of a patient’s needs, resources and perspectives, in a completely tailored manner. Conclusion: The INNE model offers a valid methodological support for the professional who intends to educate the patient through an inter-subjective and engaged pathway, between the professional, their patient and the socio-relational context. It is a matter of adopting a complex vision that combines processes and methods that require a steady scientific basis and advanced methodological expertise with active listening and empathy – skills which require emotional intelligence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalActa Biomedica
Publication statusPublished - Apr 11 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic disease
  • Education
  • Engagement
  • Hospice
  • Integrated narrative nursing model
  • Patient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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