Besides working well in a team, it is also important to seek out help when necessary. Another vital quality is the understanding of diversity and the importance of acknowledging and honoring, rather than judging or ignoring, what makes people different. Critical thinking allows nurses to take action and make referrals. Nurses must be able to obtain autonomy through critical thinking skills that arm them with the ability to respond to the constant changes and needs of a patient in their charge. As nurses build on practical knowledge, gain experience and continue educational endeavors, the intellectually disciplined process allows the nurse to recognize possible patient problems.
“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.
I believe that the nursing profession intends to provide the optimal care a patient deserves. In order for the nursing profession to accomplish its goals and follow its value, I believe that it is important for each nurse to follow his or her own philosophy while also having a unified philosophy. References Finkleman, A., & Kenner, C. (2013). Professional Nursing Concepts: Competencies for Quality Leadership. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.
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.
I want my philosophy of nursing to reflect Jean Watson’s “Philosophy and Science of Caring Theory.” Jean Watson theorized that caring is central to nursing in that is encompasses all aspect of the patient including family, community and culture. She states that caring for patients enhance growth; in that a caring environment will accept an individual for who they are and what they will become (Nursing Theory, 2016). According to Watson’s theory (2016), caring exist in our every day lives, however caring in nursing is a way of coping with the environment. The four major concepts in Watson’s theory are: the human being, health, environment and nursing. Watson defines the human being as “...a valued person in and of himself to be cared for, respected, nurtured, understood and assisted (Nursing Theory, 2016).” Like Watson, I believe a human’s health includes the overall function of physical, mental and social well being, the ability to adapt and maintain a daily level of function and not merely the absent of
“Competence affects one’s self-respect, self-esteem, professional status, and the meaningfulness of work. In all nursing roles, evaluation of one’s own performance, coupled with peer review, is a means by which nursing practice can be held to the highest standards”(American Nurses Association, 2012). Staying current with these changes by taking continuing education units, reading medical journals and attending competency fairs assist the nurse in maintaining competency. The nurse also recognizes that ones attitude and clinical skills is reflective of the place of employment, and will conduct themselves in a professional manner. Nurses and Profession Applying my philosophy to nurses and the profession, I believe it is part of the nurse’s duty as an advocate to question unethical behavior observed in the professional setting.
There are many different approaches in developing a relationship with patients, one of which being holistic, patient-centered care. Holistic care is described as “all n... ... middle of paper ... ... to ensure their wishes and needs are being met in a dignified manner. In my community, I intend on being a positive advocate for wellbeing and health promotion. Providing positive outlets for my patients to help maintain a healthy sense of living is also an important attribute as I feel that this will aid in the prevention of future illnesses. My main focus on nursing is to be able to be a nurse that my patients feel comfortable and supported by.
Building therapeutic relationships allows the patient to feel supported and understood and may help to provide health information, which may otherwise be held in a nontherapeutic relationship. Other values I practice often are advocating, listening, autonomy, and beneficence. I truly believe everyone is an expert in their own health and deserve the time to express their concerns. I also feel very strongly about people having the right to be in charge of their health. In my nursing practice, I vow to always listen to my clients and advocate to promote a holistic well-being of the individual.
By doing so, nurses protect themselves from legal, ethical and personal consequences (Williams & Hopper, 2015). Equally relevant is the protection of the clientele that they serve as healthcare professionals. Holding oneself to a high standard provides benefits such as genuine trust, respect and the ability to form therapeutic relationships with patients. Without these valuable assets, nurses are unable to provide adequate care and ultimately put clientele at risk for
My perspective is not just about focusing on the task at hand but more about delivering quality patient care that is individualized to the needs of each patient. Furthermore, nursing for me integrates the knowledge of medicine and morals. Thus, combining it with sympathy, empathy and thoughtfulness that respect and honor the dignity of each patient. Therefore, caring for patients should be effortless, and holistic while honoring their values and beliefs. My belief of nursing extends to my community in which health improvement is something I will continuously strive for.