Esthetic Nursing Essay

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Aesthetics: The Art of Nursing The fundamental patterns of knowledge were first identified by Barbara Carper (1978), and included empirical, personal, ethical, and aesthetic knowing. According to Zander (2007), Carper sought to develop a holistic, individualistic, therapeutic model of practice which could be utilized to structure nursing education, and evaluate nursing practice. The addition of emancipatory knowing by Chinn and Kramer followed in 2008. These patterns of knowledge have shown to be very beneficial, if not crucial to the nursing profession. The purpose of this paper is to provide an in depth explanation of aesthetics, and its importance in nursing. A detailed scenario of esthetic nursing will be included. This…show more content…
It is not necessarily just what people consider beautiful, as this can vary person to person. Carper (1978) described aesthetics as the art of nursing; being individualistic, particular, and unique (Zander, 2007). Esthetic knowing requires the nurse to interpret the patient’s behavior in regard to relationships as a whole rather than separate discrete parts, and assists the nurse in seeing the whole picture from an evaluation standpoint in order to envision the desired outcome of the creative actions chosen for a specific situation (Zander, 2007). Esthetic knowing requires the nurse to look beyond the surface of the situation, and in a manner, perform accordingly to achieve the best outcome. This pattern of knowledge typically requires a heightened sense of intuition and empathy. It also relies more on non-verbal expressions. Nurses can be educated on the art of nursing, but can only master it through…show more content…
A charge nurse working the night shift overhears loud talking coming from a nearby room within the unit. Upon locating the room where the noise is coming from, she recognizes that it is a patient with dementia who is becoming increasingly confused, agitated, and combative. The family member at bedside who is also the primary caregiver is trying to keep the patient in bed, and also appears quite frustrated. The primary nurse is in the room, but seems to be struggling with what to do. The charge nurse instructs the primary nurse to review the patient’s medications, and obtain the one used for agitation. The charge nurse then explains to the family member about using the medication, and suggests they take a break while other alternative methods are attempted. The charge nurse then dims some of the lighting within the room, begins to play relaxing music, and purposefully speaks in a very soft tone to the patient. The charge nurse continues to try to redirect the patient, but also understands that you must not argue the reality with dementia patients. The charge nurse proceeds with light massage to the hands, and feet of the patient, all while ensuring the patient that they are safe. The patient is showing less agitation, and the nurse soon arrives with the proper medication. The patient is calm and resting by the time the family member returns. Both the primary nurse and the family

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