Please respond for below discussion one paragraph with proper intext citation and reference to further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification According to Jacobus and Martin (2019) “We need a study that will increase our sensitivity to ourselves, others, and the values in our world”(p.3). I believe that there is a lot of value in studying humanities for health care professionals.  Studying humanities can help us to understand others better. It can also open our minds to not just the bright side of things but the darker side, the side that no one really wants to talk about, but it needs to be explored (Jacobus and Martin, 2019) I think literature from another time period could enhance my career by reading things that were done in the past and see how it compares to how things are done now.  Just because times have changed and ways of doing things have evolved doesn’t mean that we can’t still learn from things done in the past.  As far as my personal life I enjoy listening to music from the 60s and 70s.  I find it interesting in the way music has changed and how styles have changed. One aspect of the humanities that I find meaningful to my career is drama.  I think that since drama can help with communication both verbal and non verbal it will be very beneficial for me as a nurse.  Communication is key in order to talk to your co workers, other physicians but most importantly our patients (Macnaughton, 2000). As for my personal life I love music.  It is my escape in a way.  I can turn on my favorite songs and sing and dance.  I may not be the best at it but it allows me to express myself and feel better. The Broadway show Wicked is a favorite of mine.  I grew up in Kansas, where of course we all know the Wizard of Oz takes place.  Living in Ohio now I always here “You’re not in Kansas anymore” and many other quotes from the movie.  I think the play Wicked is meaningful to me because it brings back those memories of the original movie and my life back in Kansas. Martin, F. D., & Jacobus, L. A. (2018). . New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education. Macnaughton, J. (2000). The humanities in medical education: context, outcomes and structures. , 23–30.

According to Jacobus and Martin (2019), studying humanities can increase our sensitivity to ourselves, others, and the values in our world. This understanding is essential for healthcare professionals who encounter diverse patients with different cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and values. By studying humanities, healthcare professionals can develop empathy and a deeper understanding of others’ perspectives, which can improve patient-centered care. Additionally, studying literature from different time periods allows professionals to compare past practices with current ones, enabling them to learn from the wisdom and experiences of the past. For example, understanding the historical context of medical practices can help healthcare professionals appreciate the evolution of healthcare and make informed decisions in their own practice (Jacobus & Martin, 2019).

In addition to its professional benefits, engaging in humanities can also have personal significance. Enjoying music from the 60s and 70s, for instance, allows individuals to appreciate how music styles have changed over time. This not only offers personal enjoyment but also opens one’s mind to the broader cultural shifts that have occurred within society. Likewise, drama, as part of the humanities, can enhance communication skills for healthcare professionals. Effective communication is crucial in nursing, as it enables professionals to effectively collaborate with colleagues, physicians, and patients (Macnaughton, 2000). Drama provides opportunities to explore verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, which can then be applied in real-life contexts. By studying drama, healthcare professionals can gain valuable insights into non-verbal cues, body language, and active listening, contributing to improved patient interactions and overall patient outcomes.

Furthermore, the personal enjoyment of the humanities serves as a form of self-expression and an avenue for relaxation. For example, indulging in one’s favorite music allows for emotional release and serves as a means of self-care. The Broadway show “Wicked” holds particular significance for the author as it stems from personal memories and experiences. Growing up in Kansas, where the Wizard of Oz story is set, brings back childhood memories and a sense of connection to a place and time (Jacobus & Martin, 2019). These personal connections to artistic expressions can provide individuals with a sense of nostalgia, evoke emotions, and facilitate personal growth and reflection.

In conclusion, engaging in the humanities can provide numerous benefits for healthcare professionals. It enhances their understanding of others, historical perspectives, and cultural shifts while improving communication skills and empathy. The personal enjoyment of the humanities also offers opportunities for self-expression, relaxation, emotional release, and personal growth. By incorporating the humanities into their lives and professional practice, healthcare professionals can enrich their experiences and become more compassionate, well-rounded caregivers.

Jacobus, F. D., & Martin, L. A. (2019). The humanities through the arts. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
Macnaughton, J. (2000). The humanities in medical education: context, outcomes and structures. Medical Humanities, 26(1), 23-30.