The purpose of this article is to show how nursing care can be delivered to each patient as an individual regardless of his or her culture or religion.
Dignity is to do with how people feel, think and behave in relation to the worth or value of themselves and others. To treat someone with dignity is to treat them as being of worth, in a way that is respectful of them as valued individuals. (RCN 2008). It is important to respect patients and individuals because every patient is different and will have different needs and wants. So it is important for nurses to pay attention to these needs and wants, as it will help them to respect each patient’s dignity correctly. Nurses must respect and defend the dignity of each stage of the human life and they are also to respect their own dignity. When treating a person with dignity, it is important to treat them with respect and the sort of respect they would like.
Dignified care is the way nurses demonstrate to others how they value dignity. When practicing nursing, respect, compassion and sensitivity play a role within dignified care. It can take nurses some time to deliver dignified care. However, when dignified care is given it can make the patient feel more safe and relaxed. They often feel less anxious and feel as though they have their own personal space. By giving a patient dignified care it can reduce the risk of low self-esteem and low self-respect. This can often help the patient make a quicker recovery.
There are a number of examples of delivering dignified care in nursing practice. One example is if a patient needs to be assisted with something like a shower or a bed bath, that the nurse should respect the patient by closing the door or curtains over. This gives the patient t...
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