When nurses show empathy, they are letting a patient know that it’s alright to share some of the burdens or express fears. Using this model of feeling and medicine is treating the patient as a whole person. Nurses must look inside themselves to treat the whole patient: mind, body, and soul. In conclusion, professionalism in nursing is multifaceted. Some aspects of professionalism are more important than others in regards to being a better practitioner while others have impacts on the nursing team as a whole.
Nursing, it’s about taking care of the patients, that is the responsibility. Care, emotional and physical, plays a major role in nursing. It is extremely important that as a nurse you care for your patients. When they see that you care, they trust you to treat them. If you don’t care for them, then it will be harder to help them get better.
The patient cannot live if he/she cannot breathe, but he/she can live with self-esteem issues. The nurse must help the lower level needs before going up levels. Nurses use this idea every day. Nurses must take into consideration all of the patient’s needs, physiological, safety, love, esteem, and self-actualization, and decide what order to put everything in which would benefit the patient the most. If a patient has a blocked airway and a wound on their forehead that has minimal blood, the nurse must decide what is more important.
As nurses we must treat patients as a whole which includes the mind, body, and spirit. We must not look at our patients as a disease process which is the ultimate way to dehumanize an individual. Nurses will at some point in their career face ethical dilemmas, but it is important to talk to the patient and to listen to their wishes. Although neither choice may be desirable the nurse needs to choose the option that best meets the patient’s needs. This film beautifully portrayed one of the biggest ethical dilemmas that a nurse may face in her career.
I also assumed that what I believe my role is as a nurse is best for the patient. Other ways of looking at the situation Another, and what I have come to appreciate as a better, way of looking at the situation is to attempt to know this patient as a person having an experience. This experience is the amalgamation of recent and present happenings affected by her past experience real and perceived. The pa... ... middle of paper ... ...ach person and respect their autonomy. I understand this acknowledgement and insight will require skill, practice and patience.
In the case of a patient complaining of severe pain the nurse who contacts the physician to obtain an order for pain relief is acting in beneficence to that patient. An accountable nurse acts ethically under the code of conduct to be able to answer to oneself and others for their own actions. These actions cannot judge what life and health are worth to a
The nurse is able to do that through strong leadership skills. Patients and patients’ families that are unable to make decisions can seek help from nurses; the nurses are great patient advocates because the nurses ensure that the patient’s rights are exercised. Another role the nurse plays in patient advocacy is protecting the patient’s rights and providing assistance in asserting the rights. For example, if a patient is trying to decide on whether to accept or reject the treatment, then the nurse is able to communicate the information provided by the healthcare provider in a meaningful way, and provide support to those patients that are in need of it. The advocating nurse can be a charge nurse who is able to act as a protector for the patient when undergoing major traumatic
I have narrowed it down to descriptive or existential beliefs, along with several values such as; accountability, altruism, compassion, and empathy that guide me the most. I like to be shown proof of how or why something works, whether it’s on the monitor hooked to the patient as the therapy is being introduced or just and article showing me evidence based practice. I feel anything else is just a matter of opinion and not scientific proof, and in critical care, opinions can cost lives. I have many values that guide me, but accountability is number one on my list because I feel it is most important that your patient and co-workers can count on you and trust you to be responsible for your own actions. That is part of the trust mechanism, and is very important in nursing.
If your client is in severe pain, and you promised you would be back with pain medication, you should do so. If whatever the situation is not involving that specific client happens and for whatever reason takes priority, the nurse should at least go back to a client’s room to explain it may take a moment or two due to another situation. The key aspect here is building a sense of trust. This goes right along with one’s personal lives as well. Your immediate family should trust you.
According to the works of Beauchamp et. Al, issues on nonmaleficence and beneficence can also be served as a basis for withholding diagnosis. Again, this will leave a greater responsibility for the nurses and doctor to cautiously identify the need for disclosure. However, in a book written by Katz entitled, “The Silent World of Doctor and Patient”, the author argued that excluding the patient from decision making and information giving process is also a form of insult to her dignity and autonomy. It suggests that healthcare professionals should evaluate the situation and the preference of the patient on receiving details before completely disregarding the patient’s desire to be involved in her care.