Behaviors which reflect altruism are showing an understanding of cultures, beliefs, and perspective of others, advocating for patients, taking risks on behalf of patients, and mentoring other professionals. Autonomy according to Taylor is the right to self-determination (2008). The nurse must respect the patient’s rights. The nurse should listen and act according to the patient’s wishes and needs not bullying him into cooperating with his treatment plan. The nurse shows such value by planning care in partnership with patients, honoring the right of patients to make decisions about healthcare, and providing information so that patients can make informed choices.
As a nurse, the author will ensure that as a leader, she delegates information by providing a holistic perspective of the patient’s needs and diagnoses. This will help the UAP to understand the importance and urgency of the tasks delegated. The nurse will also work to obtain a trusting, open, and honest relationship with the UAP. If the UAP believes the nurse has the UAP, the patient, and facilities best intentions at heart, the UAP will be more likely to carry out the delegated tasks without adjournment. The nurse will make sure to be mindful of why the UAP may have performed a task in an untimely, or incorrect fashion, and take responsibility for the mistake.
A nurse is obligated to exhibit pristine skills in communication, organization, collaboration, ethics and morals (Bedin, Droz-Mendelzweig, Chappuis 2013). Communication is a key element in patient care and nursing as a result of changes in patient care, transfer of units, and discharge of a patient. The amount of accurate communication is useful in obtaining all information necessary for individualized patient care. Collaboration is a key element in patient care and nursing as a result of identifying obstacles and forming multiple opinions and suggestions in the ways to demonstrate and apply appropriate care. Ethics is a key element in patient care and nursing as a result of a nurse’s approach in determining the right choices in aiding patient care.
When a nurse is providing patient care, he/she creates a safe environment for the patient and enables the choice to establish a relationship on a human to human interaction or on a transpersonal level. The patient will be acknowledged as a person with the wholeness of their soul despite their illness or number on the bed. The ten carative factors in this theory are used as an education tool for nurses around the world and should be applied to the different care situations in practice. Nurses use the factors to promote growth in themselves and within the patient. A nurse should respect the patient’s decisions and take the time to fully be present in the moments with the patient.
Leadership can be defined as the act of convincing people to willingly carryout defined objectives, it can also be defined as the ability to influence the course of action of people. In nursing leadership, nurse leader try to make the vision of treating patient with respect and dignity at all times become a reality. The nurse leader works with her colleagues in order to achieve these goals. She also makes sure that her nurses are satisfied with their work and have necessary equipment to carry out their nursing care effectively. For a nurse leader to be able to influence the course of action of her fellow nurses to achieve the set goals she must possess some attributes; 1.
Often nurse acts as a liaison between patient and other health care members in that team. Trust is a basic value and in a trusted environment patient feels free to share honestly to the nurse. Ultimately, trusting relationships enhance quality and safe health care (Olshansky 2011). For example, Respecting patient’s value and beliefs is vital to create trustful relationship. Professional practice has some unique characteristics with it such as code of ethics for practice, dignity, specific service, extended education.
Adding on when nurses are self-aware they are able to adapt to, or positively change their attitudes and actions and to understand how different people treat them and this creates a better nurse-patient relationship. In addition a positive self-awareness gives a sense of continuity, wholeness and consistency to a person. In relation to nursing, self-awareness helps nurses to learn about their strength and weaknesses. “It helps nurses to deliver better client care thus; client gets well soon and builds a trusting relation between the client and the nurse. Self-awareness helps nurses to identify several problems that might be a cause I providing better care”(Nancy Burns, 2005).
Caring is the essence of nursing. As a nurse, we establish a caring relationship with our patients, and provide the best individualize care and interventions to promote healing. Jean Watson’s focus of practice is the patient and the theory places the patient in the context of the family, the community and the culture. The major concepts of Jean Watson’s theory of caring are transpersonal caring relationships, caring moments/caring occasions and the ten caritas processes. I will describe how this theory can be applied in practice and show an example from my own practice.
When describing what this is the most important word is “professional”. When having an interpersonal relationship with a patient there is a fine line between professional and nonprofessional. It is imperative as a nurse to keep their distance for not only their own sake but for the sake of the patient. It may be easy to get caught up in a patient’s life since as a nurse their job is to care for them but there must be boundaries to ensure a safe and professional relationship. Empathy can be shown through having an interpersonal relationship by therapeutic communication which the individual (Richardson, Percy, & Hughes, 2015).
The language of communication should be at the level of the patient, although they are not able to assess scientific knowledge, communication should be shared in a way they can understand. Being frankness and honesty is another important successful communication between nurses and patient. Communication should leave the patient without any suspicions, doubts, and misunderstanding. Communication is unidirectional, but it is the nurse and healthcare professional duty for proper conduct. Every patient has different defense mechanisms that help him or her cope with the situation.