Cultural baggage attributes to propensity by one person to place his or her culture, a way of thinking and behavior above all others (Andrews & Boyle, 2016). It would be important for nurses to respect the patient’s view of things, although it might not be correct or just plain different. While it is hard to disregard the background that each nurse is coming from, the patience and attempt to understand would assist in the proper assessment. From personal experience, I recall a patient coming from a different country, who did want to deal and even talk to the nursing staff, and demanded to see the physician with every concern. Ethnocentrism is a view of a group of people placing themselves in a center and making themselves superior to others, while all other groups of people excluded from it (Andrews & Boyle, 2016).
Personal Nursing Philosophy The society has high expectations for the nursing profession. Most cultures expect nurses to have high moral standards and a good character or virtues (Newham, 2014). Consequently, several societies consider becoming a nurse a calling. However, multiple reasons are responsible for choosing the nursing profession. Some reasons are obvious, but sometimes the reasons might linger in the subconscious.
At the core of both patient centeredness and cultural competence, however, is the importance of seeing the patient as a unique person (Beach et al., 2006). The instance a nurse meets patients; three cultures meet as well, the nurse’s culture, the patient’s culture and the setting’s. Nurses need to apply their understanding of cultural diversity to foster culturally sensitive nursing care. This facilitates nurses to be more efficient in managing nursing assessments and being a patient’s
Patients have a right to receive the best treatment possible in medical settings around the world. Sometimes a patient can refuse that treatment and as nurses we have to stand by and let that happen. Despite the fact that informed consent is not always directly obtained by a nurse, we still have a duty to assist the physician and patient in order to make the process as fluid and smooth as possible. One of the best interventions we can implement is guide a patient by educating them so that they understand the procedure and the risks involved with it; by doing so, we preserve patient autonomy. As nurses we establish a bond with our patients and we want to help them as much as we can, so obtaining consent from a patient and making sure we do it
Empathy is a fundamental part of nursing. The more I grew in nursing, the more I have developed an ability to understands the need of my patients. As nurses we have the obligation of being honest with our patients and with our coworkers. Integrity is doing the right thing the right way time after time the way it should be done, even if there is no one there to acknowledge it. The most basic and common nursing theory we practice is Florence Nightingales.
They include leading by an example, Advocating for change, respect for other people’s roles and practical communication skills. With this skill as a leader, it provides several opportunities to advance career-wise, the other team of nurses respects you, and at the bedside, you get the attention and care you deserve. Such skills help a leader establish a reliable and robust team that is ready to work without conditions. Influential nurse leaders enhance good relationships between patients and nurses and also create a healthy atmosphere. As a professional nurse, my work environment plays a role in helping me move up the ladder of my career, sharpening my leadership skills and polishing my decision-making skills.
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.
Nursing practice is done to bring about health, to promote health, prevent diseases, and care for individuals and families as they achieve and maintain or recover the optimal health and quality of life. It requires the knowledge and skills of the nurse to care for a sick or injured person to regain their health which ordinarily cannot be done by a non-trained persons. To practice as a nurse, one has to be dedicated, efficient and properly trained for it, it requires a professionally trained personnel to carry out the act of
Dignity is a complex concept but is a central nursing value. Nursing care should be delivered in a way that respects the uniqueness and dignity of each patient regardless of their culture or religion. Dignity can be defined as “Patient dignity is feeling valued and comfortable psychologically with one’s physical presentation and behaviour, level of control over the situation, and the behaviour of other people in the environment” (Baillie , 2007). A patient’s experience in a hospital environment can depend on whether their dignity is promoted or threatened. Dignity can be violated, that is why it demands respect but also at the same time protection.
Attitude When it comes to attitude, the first place a nurse need to look is at themselves. A nurse needs to have respect for themselves, their patients and the career. This positive attitude can be reflected though a performance appraisal. It is important for the nurse to examine themselves and the way that they practice, what they are successful with and the areas that can use some improvement (Kimmel, 2007). This also leads into ethics and making the proper decision for the patients.