Another factor that influences being a safe and professional nurse is having the right attitude. This will help you develop your nursing skills better if you have a positive attitude, because you may work with a team of registered nurses but you must recognize that each of you have your strengths and weaknesses. You must value each nurse for their expertise and skills, and always be willing to learn and accept feedback to help improve yourself. As a nurse, you may be great at starting IVs, while another nurse may be great at talking to patients, another nurse may be great at wound care, etc. Overall, recognizing when to ask for help is a good quality in nursing, this isn’t as a disfavor to yourself but actually a service to your patient, because
For nurses to be able to empathize with their patients and treat them with compassion, they have to be self-aware. When nurses are self-aware, they are able to positively change their attitude and actions in order to best understand how different people treat them, hence improving nurse- patient relationship. Relationships are easy until there is emotional turmoil. Thus, being self-aware is important to any health care professional that needs to manage their cognitive, affective and behavioural self in order to engage effectively in therapeutic relationship (Taylor, 2006). Self-awareness is important because it helps us to build a better understanding of ourselves.
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).
One must have the full desire to help and care for people in order to have an enjoyable career as a nurse. Nurses are known for the care and compassion shown to the patients and this is comforting for both patients and their families. Caring for a patient can raise their spirits and can inspire a better outlook on their situation. As a nurse, I want to care for all my patients with the hope of improving their health and outlook on their life. I chose Jean Watson because she understands that caring is the core of nursing and believes caring promotes a better health than only performing medical care.
They should be able to listen, empathize, and trust in what their patient is saying. A nurse that is not selfless cannot accomplish these important tasks. Second, a nurse must be humble. Humility leads to becoming a better nurse. They are not afraid to ask if they are not sure.
The National Patient Safety Foundations defines a quality patient advocate to be “…someone you trust who is willing to act on your behalf…who can work well with other members of your health care team.” (NPSF) As a patient advocate there will be an intervention that the patient wants to better their life, whether that is starting treatment, modifying interventions, or ending treatment. A nurse’s job is to supply knowledge about patient’s individual case in order for them to make an educated choice. A caring nurse will give their patient’s all the information including any and all approaches to circumstances. If a topic is beyond the scope of nursing practice it is up to the nurse to find someone who can give their patient’s correct information and ensure that all questions were answered. A
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.
Empathy is a professional quality that illustrates to the patient that the nurse sees him or her as human, or as a friend or family member (Borgstrom, Cohn, & Barclay, 2010). The difficult part of empathizing is timing. A nurse must first build a competent, caring, and professional relationship with the patient before empathizing with him or her. Nurses are a source of strength and a pillar for that patient. When nurses show empathy, they are letting a patient know that it’s alright to share some of the burdens or express fears.
Nurses endeavor to promote their clients' best interests and strive to achieve the best outcomes. Beneficence entails nurses promoting good for the patient. Nurses are also required to act in a non-maleficence manner to avoiding harm to their patient. Through acting competently and adhering to high levels of practicing, they avoid situations that may cause injury to those in their care. personal values, such as respect, responsibility, and obligation are dependent on the moral attitude of the nurse.
“The nurse respects the worth, dignity and rights of all human beings irrespective of the nature of the health problem” (ANA, 2001, p. 7). A nurse is the person the patient and their families rely on for help with most issues occurring in the medical facility. Therefore, a nurse must be prepared to deal with many different kinds of patients/people while still respecting their beliefs and thoughts. As a nurse there are certain qualities they must attain if they don’t have them already to be successful in their career. “Being honest, responsible, organized, and caring are some of the most important qualities that nurses should be.” Pg.6 (Ludwig, Burton, 2014).