The Importance Of Patient Care In Nursing

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Providing care to a patient is a particularly challenging process that requires a great deal of effort from a nurse. A nurse’s ability to give quality care to their patient is an important aspect to a patient’s life both now and in the future. As such, nurses must exhibit specific qualities in their practice in order to maintain the best standard of care for their patients. Given this, I believe that the standards of knowledge, advocacy, and self-awareness are foundational to the nursing practice and to a nurse’s capacity to provide quality patient care. Knowledge In group deliberation, knowledge was seen to be a vital quality within nursing. We agreed that nurses must have a sufficient knowledge in order to provide competent patient care,…show more content…
Giving care to a patient is not a straightforward process because a patient is made up of advanced systems. Symptoms and the severity of a disease process are dependent on a particular patient, and it may not always be uniform from patient to patient. Because of this, nurses must be able to use their knowledge appropriately to help a patient. Nurses use techniques, such as Evidence Based Practice, in order to integrate new and advanced knowledge into their patient care (Canada, 2016). By exercising evidence based practice, nurses effectively seek knowledge, take experience from past situations, and apply this intelligence to best give patient care (Canada, 2016). Because of this fact, knowledge can be seen as a vital quality to…show more content…
The current healthcare system may seem confusing and fragmented to a patient and their family (Choi, P. P, 2015). In lines with the idea of equity and equality, any patient should be able to receive the same quality care despite their background or position in life. Yet, given the imperfect state of our healthcare system, patients who are in a vulnerable position can be marginalized and pressured into unfavorable situations. Nurses, in turn, have a unique power in the healthcare system, which allows them to be the voice for these trivialized patients (Choi, P. P, 2015). This draws on the concept of social justice advocacy. Through social justice, nurses ensure that patients receive the same standard of quality care despite their socioeconomic position, which is an essential concept within nursing. On reflection, I see that my perspective on advocacy has shifted. I was not aware of the necessity or relevance of advocacy in nursing. Nursing to me only consisted of a nurse giving care to his or her patients; it never occurred to me how easily some portions of society can be marginalized. I never considered how one’s situation could make them a trivialized patient. That is why I now believe advocacy is a necessary quality in nursing and patient
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