“Care can be considered simply an ethical task and thus a burden of one more thing to do, or it can be considered a commitment to attending to and becoming enthusiastically involved in the patient’s needs” (Applying the Ethics of Care to your Nursing Practice, page 116). In this model, nurses need to be knowledgeable about human behavior and responses to health problems, individual needs, how to respond to others, and the strengths and limitations of the patient and family. The nurse also comforts and offers compassion, and empathy to the patient and family. There are many concepts in Jean Watson’s Theory of caring. The three major concepts that will be discussed are: transpersonal caring relationship, caring occasion/caring moment and the ten caritas processes.
It is of high importance in health care due to the fact that nurses often care for vulnerable patients who may not be able to advocate for themselves in time of needs. Nurses must show patient advocacy by assisting the patient to choose decisions that are beneficial to the patient as well as informing them of their rights (Cole, Wellard, & Mummery, 2014). Because an individual has a right to self-determination and the freedom to choose what is best for themselves, patient advocacy that involves informing the patient should always be done in a professional manner with respect, honesty and dignity (Hanks, 2008). And nurses must show empathy and support of the decision a patient makes. It is also important for nurses to respect and encourage a patient advocacy and continue to ensure the choices of their patients are honored and respected despite of their opinions or beliefs on about them.
Kaiser makes sure they adhere to laws and regulations, licensing requirements, accreditation standards and contracts. They strive to do the right thing and make the best decisions when acting with ethics and integrity. Conclusion In conclusion, integrating the core professional values into the nursing profession will help strongly in the commitment of providing care for our patients. By incorporating the five values, nurse’s appreciation of respectfulness, caring and human dignity leads to a sense of honor and fulfillment when practicing nursing. As nurses, we learn to take responsibility of promoting values through our actions and be advocates to our patients especially for those who are vulnerable.
I value the importance of holistic nursing and the care of patients being individualized for them and their family. Also, effectively collaborating among health care professionals to ensure quality care for patients. Additionally, the importance of health promotion as one of the main roles of nurses is being a teacher, since promoting health prevents illness and increases the level of health in clients. These principles will serve as a guide for my personal standards of nursing practice.
The nurse is able to do that through strong leadership skills. Patients and patients’ families that are unable to make decisions can seek help from nurses; the nurses are great patient advocates because the nurses ensure that the patient’s rights are exercised. Another role the nurse plays in patient advocacy is protecting the patient’s rights and providing assistance in asserting the rights. For example, if a patient is trying to decide on whether to accept or reject the treatment, then the nurse is able to communicate the information provided by the healthcare provider in a meaningful way, and provide support to those patients that are in need of it. The advocating nurse can be a charge nurse who is able to act as a protector for the patient when undergoing major traumatic
Toprevent this, nurses need to adopt strategies to protect their health. Therapeutic interaction in simple words it meansis a way of communication between a nurse and a client .This is very important because it helps a nurse better understand about their client more properly . Self-awareness as a nurse in relation to patient simply means to develop authentic congruent and open with patient (stein-parbury, 2000). Increasing the client’s self-awareness is achieved through establishing a trusting relationship that allows the clients to openly explore feelings. Open exploration can make the situation less threatening for the client and encourage behaviours that expands a person’s awareness of self.
In conclusion, respecting a patient when doing nursing care and maintaining their dignity is very important as it affects their health outcomes and help maintain and improve the standards and principles of nursing practice. Furthermore, the ANMC has formulated domains, specifically the Professional Practice domain, which guides nurses in their practice to provide holistic and quality nursing care that is done with respect and dignity. As a future registered nurse, I know that I need to be aware of this issue so that I can be considered a competent nurse. To do this, I need to be sensitive in carrying out my nursing interventions adequately and respectfully so that I can help maintain their dignities. Finally, I believe that the proper way to care for patients with respect and dignity is to take care of them as I would like to be taken care of.
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.
Autonomy is identified as another professional value and one that the nurse must possess. Autonomy is the right to self-determination. Nurse’s respect the patient’s right to make a decision regarding their healthcare. Practical application includes, educating patients and their families on their choices, honoring their right to make their own decision and stay in control of their health, developing care plans in collaboration with the patient (Taylor, C. Lillis, C. LeMone, P. Lynn, P,
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.