In the reading “The Way of Reason” Aristotle tries to define the good that is within mankind. He moves through a variety of exercises that narrow down and simplify the ideas that man is inherently good and that his tendency for it is deliberate and pre-destined. He looks at different activities, then breaks them down and finds the part that leads toward the final happiness. He feels that if man is truly good within his soul that he will be happy. Not necessarily happy as joyful, but, more like content or satisfied.
Society pressure themselves to be happy; they often ask questions like, “does that make you happy?” What they fail to understand is that sometimes doing the right thing, for the moment, might not seem to bring happiness in one’s life, but after trekking the ups and downs of life, happiness might be waiting on the other side. From time to time people also judge good and bad through happiness. “If something is good, we feel good. If something is
Nursing is a profession whose focus is not only to care for the physical aspects of an illness but also to integrate the psychological, spiritual, and social aspects of the client’s life into their care. The values of the nursing profession are based upon the teachings of Florence Nightingale; a pioneer of the nursing profession. Nursing is not only based on scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice, but also on a foundation of moral values that help provide the client with the most humane care possible. A Coat of Arms is the integration of a variety of symbols that illustrate the values of a family, person, or in this case; a profession. A Coat of Arms is not only used to symbolize values, but is perceived as a sign of honour and power. A Coat of Arms that effectively represents the Nursing profession must include symbols that illustrate the values of leadership, advocacy, critical thinking, knowledge, professionalism; and empathy that are part of everyday nursing. My group and I came together to create a Coat of Arms that clearly represents our vision and beliefs about the nursing profession, while also integrating the values mentioned beforehand. Our Coat of Arms consists of a shield with puzzle pieces, a question mark, and the outline of a brain as its background. At the top of the shield lies the figure of a lion alongside a balanced scale. At the bottom of the shield two hands come together to form a heart, and finally a man and a woman are pictured on both sides of the shield. This Coat of Arms is a clear depiction of what we, as a group, perceive the nursing profession to be.
Caring is an essential element in our daily routines. The concept of caring describes an abstract phenomena formulated by a single term which breaks down into a lot of other elements that are particular to an entity and for that matter descriptive in nature (McEwen and Willis, 2011). The elements that make up caring are: affection towards others by showing that you care about what others are going through. By trying to understand the problems of the other people and trying to please others to make them happy (M.P. González, E. Barrull, C. Pons y P. Marteles, 1998) ; compassion which is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering (Dictionary.com Unabridged,2010)
People’s perspective about caring is something significant. They think that caring is just the action of taking care of those that are unable to take care of themselves. Part of that perspective is right but in reality, caring is more than taking care of someone that is sick or that is passing through a difficult time. In a nurse’s life, the word caring goes beyond that. Caring is the action of demonstrating concern and kindness about someone; caring is the act of analyzing someone’s feelings and be able to empathize with them, caring is the action to satisfy them in a physical and physiological way, caring is the action to content them in a spiritual and cultural way as well. With sufficient amount of care, bond forms. The patient starts to trust the nurse with their well-being. Trust is also important between a patient and a nurse; it allows the nurse to show dedication and urgency to someone who is in dire need of attention. A large reason why trust and commitment are key roles in caring for a person’s health is that of communication.
Caring is the biggest aspect in the nursing field. Aspiring nurses choose to become nurses because they want to care for people in ways that most professions cannot do. Without caring nursing would not be the field it is today. The culture of caring involves intervening programs that help to build caring behaviors among nurses. As nurses become stressed and become down on their life it has shown that caring for oneself before others is key in caring for patients. Lastly, throughout the years many theorists have proven that caring has come from many concepts and ideas that relate directly to ICU nursing.
As shown in the Ethics of Care lecture caring for other begins in the environment of a home. It is based off of parents and guidance one is surrounded by when they are young. The impulse to help others in need is even shown in children when they see others in some type of distress. It is important to first find out what values will drive a person to be a caring person and then apply those certain values to all situations. More specially, people are more inclined to help family, friends or others that are close to them. This is “unlike other virtues, care is what we call a meta-virtue--that is it provides an organizing principle for all the other virtues” (Sanchez, 2014, p. 3). Within honesty, courage and prudence it is necessary to reach out to others in need and prioritize. In society the ethics of caring can be commonly associated with females as a result of motherly qualities and jobs they associate with. Yet, this is not the case it is shown in both males and females as long as the commitment to be a caring person is visible.
Aristotle’s philosophy on the excellences of character is that ‘practice makes perfect’. The philosopher explains that the state of being excellent results “neither by nature nor contrary to nature, but because we are naturally able to receive [it] and are brought to completion by means of habituation.” (Nicomachean Ethics, 1103a25). By this
To be good is good but it has to be done for the right reason. Aristotle and Kant are two famous philosophers who have different ethical theories. The theory’s of virtue and duties rest not only on laws and obligations but from what comes from the inside. Morality comes from inner strength, character and how we live our life to the best end.
One of Aristotle’s conclusions in the first book of Nicomachean Ethics is that “human good turns out to be the soul’s activity that expresses virtue”(EN 1.7.1098a17). This conclusion can be explicated with Aristotle’s definitions and reasonings concerning good, activity of soul, and excellence through virtue; all with respect to happiness.
that dying is all part of living and that it is part of a natural
From my point of view, the concept of care or caring is very complex. It includes concern, attention, love, kindness, compassion, protection, trust, support, responsibility. On the one hand, caring for somebody is a very hard work, but on the other hand, caring is a very rewarding experience. As a parent and a wife, I can say that when you care for your loved ones you create the intimate connections that makes you feel happy and whole. As a nursing student, I would say that caring in nursing is even broader concept compared to the personal caring for family.
Aristotle then shifts to asking the question that we might feel we are already good people because we are already acting in a just manner. Aristotle disagrees with this. He brings up an example of an artist and shows that the skill of the artist is in what he creates. It is over once the art has been made. Virtue is different. The end does not fully matter, but also needs to be in a good state of mind. We should always want to act in a virtuous way. We can only make it to this by creating habits in living a virtuous life. He also brings up that speeches could make people think they are becoming more virtuous, but it will not do anything. Aristotle then discusses what virtue is. It must be in passions, capacities, or characteristics within the soul. Passions have to do with pleasures and pain, capacities are what helps us understand our