Posted with permission. Original article appears in Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, volume 16, no.4 (2010): 60-64.


A class of senior students in a community nursing course wrote Dear Diary journal entries that conveyed a deep understanding of empathy. This assignment served to connect the students with people in different stages of life. The Dear Diary journal entries provide an example to effectively demonstrate how classroom assignments can encourage students to place themselves in another’s shoes, the basis for empathy.


Nursing | Public Health and Community Nursing