Nursing As Caring Theory

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There are many discrepancies that exist among individuals of African descent regarding the origins of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), a perilous affliction which can be caused by numerous factors. Although blacks and African Americans represent just 13.2% of the overall U.S. population, they account for more than 35% of all patients in the United States receiving dialysis for kidney failure (The National Kidney Foundation, 2016). Black men have been found to suffer major health disparities when compared to their Caucasian counterpart’s. They also have an increased rate of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Significant differences exist in this population and include a number of factors such as; socioeconomic status, education, cultural, and even trust issues with health care providers.
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Awareness - refers to the consciousness of this population on the eminent
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There are several key assumptions; persons are caring by virtue of their humanness, persons live their caring moment to moment, persons are whole or complete in the moment, personhood is living life grounded in caring, personhood is enhanced through participating in nurturing relationships with caring others, nursing is both a discipline and a profession (Boykin & Schoenhofer, 2001).
The essence of nursing is embedded in the nursing situation, the shared lived experience in which the nurse intentionally enters the world of the one nursed to come to know those nursed as caring person and to nurture and support their living and growing in caring. The nurse also allows self to be known as caring person, participating in the shared creation of a relationship of mutuality (Boykin & Schoenhofer, 2001). Students actively involved in cultural groups at Barry University, will be able to share what they have encountered with family members and members of the
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