Nursing Theory And Nursing Practice

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Nursing theory is, “the principles that underpin practice and help to generate further nursing knowledge” (Colley, 2003, p. 33). Nursing theory is important in nursing practice. The two theorists that are relevant to my nursing practice are Florence Nightingale and Hildegard Peplau. Florence Nightingale theory was about the patient having a clean and healing environment (Smith & Park, 2015, p. 51). The theory that Hildegard Peplau created was the importance of nurse-patient relationships (Smith & Park, 2015, p. 68). Both of these theories put the patient’s safety and care first. When I am at work I try to form a healthy and healing relationship with all my patients. I also make sure the environment that they are in is conducive to healing, it is hard to do that sometime working in the emergency room. Sometimes it is the little things that a nurse can do for a patient that will make all the difference. Taking both of these theories into account, I can further my practice by making sure to have a healthy relationship and a healthy environment for all my patients. With a general master’s degree I will have a better understanding of how to provide those two things for my patients. The focus of Peplau’s theory, “is on the needs of the patient” (Smith & Park, 2015, p. 70). I believe that the patient’s needs always take priority. A good nurse-patient relationship is important when taking care of patients. If a patient can trust the nurse taking care of him or her and they have a good rapport, the patient’s experience will be positive. Peplau’s theory is considered to be an interaction theory, an interaction theory, “revolve[s] around the relationships nurses form with patients” (Colley, 2003, p. 34). I believe that if a nurse does not h... ... middle of paper ... ...atient’s care. In the emergency room it is hard to have a healthy healing environment. There is constant movement the patients, hospital staff, and the ambulance staffs are constantly in and out of the rooms and walking in the hallways. There are multiple alarms and call lights that could be going off, it can be overwhelming for the patients that are not used to these noises. I try to close the curtain or shut the door so that the patient does not have to see or hear what is going on outside of their room and they can have a nice and quiet environment. In my future practice I will continue to make sure to take the time and sit down and talk with the patients for a couple of minutes and to make sure that they are in an environment that will promote healing. These small tasks can make such a difference in the patient’s care and the patient’s experience.
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