Importance Of Patterns Of Knowing In Nursing

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Introduction As a nurse it is important to use a framework to which all your care is guided by. Critical aspects that should compose the framework to guide a nurses actions and decisions include the fundamental patterns of knowing, the bioethical principles and the Nursing and the Midwifery Board of Australia codes and guidelines. In the case scenario provided had the nurse Emma considered and used this framework in her actions and decisions the outcome for her patient could have possibly been avoided. Ways of knowing The fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing are empirics, aesthetics, personal and ethics. Carper (1978) describes empirics, as the science of nursing. The empirical pattern of knowing in nursing is defined by the factual knowledge that underpins nursing actions. This pattern of knowing should have influenced Emma’s decision to allow Robert not to wear his Anti-Embolism Compression Stockings (TED stockings). As a registered nurse Emma should know the importance of wearing TED stockings and the implications that can result if they are not worn. Emma should have used her knowledge to inform Robert that after returning from the operating theater he is at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is the name given to blood clots that can form in the veins of the leg following surgery or long periods of bed rest in the hospital, among other reasons. If the clot becomes loose, it can break away and travel through the veins to the heart and lungs and may block a major blood vessel. This is known as a Pulmonary Embolism or PE. Pulmonary Embolism is a serious condition, which in some cases may be fatal (Harris 2012). Using this empirical knowledge Emma may have been able to convince Robert to wear his TED st... ... middle of paper ... ...sing and informing the NUM of Roberts choice to remove the stockings, Emma could seek other alternatives to the stockings that could decrease Robert’s risk of a PE. Emma also should not have posted on social media about this incidence with Robert, although she didn’t reveal his name conduct statement 5 requires that “Nurses treat personal information obtained in a professional capacity as private and confidential” (NMBA). In posting on Facebook© Emma did not follow the NMBA’s codes and guidelines. Conclusion In the case scenario provided had Emma followed a framework to guide her actions and decisions that applied the fundamental patterns of knowing, the bioethical principles and the Nursing and the Midwifery Board of Australia codes and guidelines, Robert could have avoided the pulmonary embolism (PE) and would not have significant damage to his lungs. .
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