PART A: DIGNIFIED CARE IN NURSING: Dignity; “the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect.” (Oxforddictionaries.com, 2016). Nurses must respect patient dignity because they have a duty of care to each client. Without respecting this, a patient may feel they have not received the correct standard of care, which may prolong their recovery time.
Virginia Henderson indicated that the priority of the nurse is to help patients do what they would have done themselves if they were in good health. The ANA took it further by developing the Code of Ethics for Nurses which provides guidelines that they must follow to be diligent in their field. Provision 1, for example, stipulates that "the nurse must practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and unique attributes of every person" (Olson & Stokes, 2016). Being in the hospital can be frightening for patients and families. When illness strikes, they must leave the comfort of their home and entrust their lives to strangers.
The nurses main aim is to give as much independence back to the patient at all times. The nurse never should do something for a patient that they can do themselves eg. feeding. The model, although not recommended, is used almost like a checklist on admission of a patient to gauge their dependence on the nurse. Roper herself said that this model is simply a tool and should not be used solely alone, however, oftentimes in the UK it is (nursingtheory.org, 2013).
Why? Because we cannot help other people until we are a bit clearer about ourselves' (Burnard 1992). This quotation highlights the importance of self-awareness in therapeutic communication and how it allows nurses to perform better overall patient care. Self-awareness is one of the most imperative components in nurse-client rapport and involves the process of objective scrutiny of oneself (Rasheed, 2015, p. 211). It reflects the exploration of one's thoughts, beliefs, behaviours, approaches and values (Bibi, 2016).
Watson’s nursing theories express that the mind, body and spirit of the patient should be taken into consideration. I agree with Watsons that while providing care the nurse should consider care base on the patient as a whole and not just focus on the disorder. I was taught to use Maslow’s hierarchy of need while planning and providing care for my patients. Maslow’s hierarchy is use to prioritize a patient need from life treating issues to love and belong. This hierarchy helps me to provide care which include the patient mind, body and spirit as Watson had
Nurses decision could have serious consequences on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of clients. Because of this, a nurse must be a representative of their patients. Nurses must learn the causes of a patient’s pain and suffering and be willing to
When one considers the traits needed to be a good nurse, and what a core value of nursing would be, a multitude of characteristics are brought forth. Common ideas brought forth are empathy, integrity, respect and communication. However, an often overlooked but nonetheless quintessential attribute of the nursing practice is accountability. In nursing, where the lives of patient’s and their loved ones, and the reputation of one’s own nursing practice are in one’s hands, it is essential to take responsibility for what you do or do not say or do. Being accountable for one’s actions or words can often mean either recovery or deterioration, health or illness, life or death.
It also provided the use of critical thinking and clinical judgment on how to prevent falls, support, and be accountable for a client professionally. The practical knowledge I have learned helped me become aware of assessing and assisting a client. As a nurse, our job is to provide “safe, compassionate, competent and ethical care” (p.8) and collaborate as an interprofessional team to deliver safe care and prevent risks from happening while offering quality nursing care (CNA, 2017). I will always provide the professional care under the code of ethics to promote health and wellness for an older adult and prevent risks from happening. As well as following the plan of care, use communication strategies, be aware, acknowledge, and accommodate individuals with different diseases such as with dementia, to promote fall prevention strategies (RNAO, 2017).
A good nurse is someone who is compassionate, empathetic, and has a desire to truly want to care for the well being of others. A good nurse is also someone who is knowledgeable and also stays current in the medical field. As an advocate, nurses should empower patients by motivating and encouraging them to be active in their own care, also making sure the patients voice is being heard, and ensuring proper care is being performed in the best interest of the patient. A nurse is also an educator; nurses have the responsibility of educating their patients on their medical condition when the patient does not understand their prognoses. When a patient has a lack of knowledge of the care that is being provided, the nurse also has a responsibility to explain the care and why it will help the patient in the process.
(Gleeson and Higgins, 2009). In mental health nursing touch is either helpful or technical in addition it can be compulsory or deliberate which has to dealt with care and respect as with all other communication skills. In the contemporary before attempting this skill a mental nurse has to take into consideration that offering touch has to be related to client’s needs. A nurse has to respect client’s culture their age, ethnicity and the gender as it is not acceptable in some cultures to touch someone who is not closer to them.
The NMC Code states “Treat people as individuals and uphold their dignity”. Although dignity can often be difficult to ensure for every patient, especially when many procedures are invasive and require intimate details of a patient’s lifestyle, it is important as a nurse to always preserve and respect a patient’s dignity. (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2015) This document explores what dignity is to a patient, how it can be maintained in a hospital and, why dignity is important to patients. Treating an individual with dignity is to treat them with respect, ensuring they feel worthy and are valued as an individual.
Dignity refers to the condition of deserving honor while respect relates to a profound admiration for someone, which is evoked by his/her attributes or success. In the health care setting, the greatest levels of dignity and respect are attained when the treatment of patients is done in a distinct approach without considering their backgrounds/issues at hand; and more so by tailoring it to cater for specific needs. The take should also be autonomous, letting persons have their privacy whenever they need it. A more prevalent case of this ideal can be seen when health facilities build same sex accommodation.
All professions follow a code of ethics. A code of ethics provides legal and ethical guidance to members of a profession. The field of ethics describes how we must treat each other, how we must act, what we must do and why. As professionals, we identify ethical issues that tend to arise within our chosen profession. To consider ethical issues, we need some level of guidance, which is the code of ethics.