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The Ethics and Compassion that Go Along with Nursing

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(AC 1.1) Jane with cervical cancer might be afraid of the problems around her, mostly about her children’s future during her illness and relationship with husband. Based on the Nursing Process and (according to Berridge and Liddle 2013) Roper’s Model, the oncology nurse will have to face Jane’s needs, give her support and prepare for emotional and physical changes.
(AC 2.2, 1.1) A nurse role is to promote independence, as well as individuality. Jane needs will differ from other patients with cancer, regarding her family, individual needs, belief. The care plan is based on this assessment, and on the type of rehabilitation that will the most suitable for her lifestyle. Observation and changes in the care plan are maintained throughout the period of care. Moreover family help will be very useful as they are the most supportive side for Jane. The oncology nurse role is help to explain any uncertainty to Jane of her medical condition and how different treatments will influence on the reaction of her body. Also the oncology nurse will inform Jane family what will happen to her.
(AC 1.2, 2.2) The care plan will be supported by team members including professional and non-professional members of staff. Therefore communication is essential to maintain the highest possible level of Jane’s well-being. Members of the team include nurses, GP, doctors, staff from the oncology unit who assist during chemotherapy and non-professionals such as personnel staff (cleaners, staff form reception), care workers, family members. Team members will provide help in different aspects on each stage of her illness. Some of them are to support her family (children: care workers), others to help in everyday life in hospital (care assistant, cleaners). However the nurse is the person who integrate this team and the coordinator during all cancer treatment. Working under supervision provide a nurse with learning opportunities also according to Royal College of Nursing (2002): ‘’Clinical supervision aims to motivate nurses, while being client-centred and focussed on safeguarding standards of client care’’.
(AC 1.1, 2.1) Jane may be uncertain about the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This is the time when the oncology nurse will use her specialist knowledge, will answer all questions that Jane is not sure and even if she does not know the answer she will find out by working with other team members. Based on the nurse’s oncology knowledge and experience her communication skills will make Jane and her family think positively about treatment; not only at the beginning of cancer treatment but also during and at the end however it turns out.
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