Self-Efficacy Theory by Albert Bandura

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Albert Bandura brought up the self-efficacy theory in 1977. The purpose of this paper is to explain this theory and compare it to my own personal philosophy, as well as explain how my own personal philosophy and the self-efficacy theory are demonstrated in nursing practice. The nursing metaparadigm consist of the person, environment, health/illness, and nursing (Creasia &Frieberg, 2011). Persons are those individuals receiving nursing care, such as patients, families and communities (Creasia &Frieberg, 2011). Environment refers to the setting where nursing care is provided, as well as the surroundings and internal factors affecting the client (Creasia &Frieberg, 2011). Health and illness refer to the state of well being of the person and nursing refers to the actions taken to provide care for the person (Creasia &Frieberg, 2011). The nursing metaparadigm plays an important role in the outcome of my patients. It is important to know that the attitude of a person, as well as the surroundings and support given to that same individual can make a difference in the outcome of the recovery process. Even if a patient’s internal factors and/or state of well being keep him from being positive and engaged in his treatment, the environment and nursing care provided for him will make the difference in his attitude. This in turn will give him the energy and willingness to assist in his/her own recovery and get better. Professional values that are incorporated into my nursing practice include veracity, kindness, support and understanding. It is important to be honest with patients and help them set realistic goals during their recovery process. It is also important to be kind to those that are ill, as they may not have the best attitude at tim... ... middle of paper ... ... they can accomplish, can affect the outcomes of their actions. Patient’s sense of self-efficacy can affect their treatment outcomes. However, as nurses, we must believe in our work and how we can make a difference in the experience and outcome of our patients. Works Cited Creasia, J.L., Frieberg, E.E., (2011) Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice. Fifth Edition. Elsevier Mosby. St Louis, Missouri 63043 Smith, M.J., Liehr, P.R., (2008) Middle Range Theory for Nursing. Second Edition. Springer Publishing Company LLC. New York, NY 10036 Zulkosky, K. (2009). Self-efficacy: A concept analysis. Nursing Forum Volume 44, No. 2, April-June 2009, pg 94-95. Retrieved from Faith University. Bandura, A. (1989). Human agency in social cognitive theory. American Psychologist, 44, 1175–1184. Retrieved from Faith University.
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