What does nursing mean to me? Nursing means helping people heal, meeting their needs while they are in your care, listening to concerns, protecting them from harm, and educating them how to care for themselves while treating them with dignity, compassion and respect and giving of yourself to the care of people and community. It is having compassion for people and their health and being a humanitarian, making sure they receive the best care possible. Nurses must also treat families of patients with kindness, realizing they are going through a stressful situation also. Nursing is a responsibility to provide the best care regardless of the patient’s age, race, religion, sex, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or their past.
As nurses we need to advise our patients carefully about any healthcare decisions making but should never override patient rights. Although abortion is a crime in our personal belief we still need to provide a competent care to the patients. I believe nurses should practice the nursing methods by using the APIE process in order to solve the ethical dilemmas at work. As for abortion till today it’s still a debatable issue. It can be ethical or not ethical.
To start, Native American spirituality followers don’t take their practices as a religion like other religions, but their beliefs play an important role of themselves. Native American beliefs are deeply rooted in their culture. They believe everything surrounding them is holy, from the largest mountain, to the smallest organism. Also, Native Americans believe that a lesson can be found in all things and everything has a purpose. To sum up the main focus of their Spirituality, it is all about honor, true love, and respect.
Patient education is also one of the most important aspects for patient to understand the important of their health. One ways to do that is by the “teaching back” or “show me” method. Having patient repeat to their care doctor or nurse until they do it correctly. This way it justified by the prospect of much better understanding and adherence (Juckett, 2013). It is also important to truly understand the culture when caring for the population.
Cultural Competency Simply put, the United States is a diverse country. It is common knowledge that this a country founded upon immigration. Moreover, with the advancements in transportation and the growing trends toward globalization this course is more than likely to continue – barring any radical governmental intervention. That is why cultural competency is so vital, especially when it comes to healthcare. Because the sad fact is, not all ethnic groups receive the same level of care (Kittler, Sucher & Nelms, 2017).
We see that the support of family is so important that it can even replace the treatment to some extent. We know that there still remain plenty of problems that are beyond medical standers. We also become aware of the drawback of the medical system. That is lack of the quality of the treat process. As is known to all, spinocerebellar ataxia is hard to cure and patients who suffer from this kind of disease will go through enormous pressure.
They should be good communicators, and actually listen to their patients, or families concerns, empathize, and provide clear concise information. An important value a healthcare worker should also embody is altruism. Nurses and medical professionals need prioritize their patients’ needs, without any regard for rewards or benefits. A persons’ health and welfare needs to be priority to a nurse, no matter what the situation. Josie’s Story highlighted the importance of altruism, and the need for nurses and doctors to take a step back and truly listen.
It’s a love which is communicating care through attitude and as well as physical presence. Although it’s impossible for a human to constantly have “agape” love, it is possible for God to love us unconditionally (Kierkegaard). In return, people like Phoenix from the story may view God as loving her unconditionally. So, as a Christian, it would be her responsibility essentially to be selfless and loving towards her grandson. Along with that idea, by the end of the story all she wanted to do was give her grandson his medicine so he would feel better.
W-7 – PROFESSIONAL BOUNDARIES 1. I chose these competences because as a nurse it is vital to maintain professional boundaries and still be able to provide the therapeutic care without personally getting attached to patients. 2. From the article I learned that it is ok to be present with your patient, and caring about what they might be going through as you provide necessary care and support, but not to excessively worrying about a patient in your personal life/home” (p. 407) 3. The article changed my way of thinking as it increases my understating why I need to maintain professional boundaries by keeping the conversation focused on the patient, provide care and support as a nurse, rather than a friend while keeping strict professional limits
In addition, respecting the clients ' wishes to talk and explore is the important aspect. As an ethical consideration, nurses must respect the wishes of those patients who refuse to talk (ONMC 2011). Sometimes nurses may not understand why client refused, but always they have a reason based on their belief and experience. Each patient requires respect as a unique human being (Henderson 2001). Accordingly, welcoming the client is extremely imperative.
As a nurse, we have to be caring and compassionate. It has to come from within. We have to use the knowledge and skills we have developed to be able to show support for our patients and their families. There will be difficult days that we may have to give uncomfortable news to our patients or even share joy with them. With each day it brings about new and different encounters.