Dignity In Nursing Care Essay

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When acknowledging the humanity of patients or those who care for them, the concept of dignity requires critical consideration. Acutely abstract and multidimensional, the concept of dignity in healthcare lacks categorical definition. This is problematic as dignity is a fundamental requisite for the nurse-patient relationship and must be maintained in each and every interaction if holistic caring and patient healing is to occur. This paper will thus aim to further clarify the meaning of the word ‘dignity’ using the process of concept analysis, and through reference to the novel A Nurse’s Story: Life, Death and In-Between an Intensive Care Unit by Tilda Shalof, illuminate the gravity of promoting and preserving patient dignity in nursing care.…show more content…
Typically, persons who are require nursing care are indeed vulnerable human beings. A nurse who intends to approach a patient as a whole pays attention not only to the physical aspects but to the relational, social, psychological, ethical and spiritual dimensions of being a person (Gastmans, 2013). The vulnerability that affects the patient in all these dimensions results in the dignity of the person being jeopardized. Thus, dignity-enhancing nursing care aims to respond to all these aspects of human vulnerability in effort to maintain the patient’s self-respect, self-esteem and individual…show more content…
She writes, “Once I watched him tenderly wipe away drips of menstrual blood from between a young woman’s legs and made her feel clean and well-groomed with a perfumed bath and a manicure and pedicure before her boyfriend came to visit. Murray talked to her all the while, treating her like the lovely young woman that she was, despite the fact that she was completely unconscious from raging bacterial meningitis” (Shalof, 2004, p. 73). According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, by assisting an individual in the performance of those activities that she (or he) would perform unaided if she was in good health and had the necessary strength, will, and competency is to practice holistic nursing care in which the maintenance of dignity is paramount (Matiti & Trorey, 2008). The nurse featured in this scenario conveys respect for the inherent worth of his patient, despite her debilitated state of health and poor outlook. Accordingly, the interaction supports the notion that patient-centered nursing care aims at the enhancement of the dignity of the human person in all his or her
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