Compassion and Caring in Nursing by Claire Chambers, Elaine Ryder

By Claire Chambers, Elaine Ryder

'Compassion, in its many manifestations, is the main to rediscovering what lies on the center of nursing perform around the globe. it really is totally crucial that nurses begin to revisit compassion as a primary concentration for nursing practice...' This hassle-free e-book adopts a patient-centred method of care. The not easy theories are grounded in functional functions, encouraging readers to understand possibilities for switch of their day-by-day perform. The e-book specializes in six key ideas imperative to compassionate care: A*

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Watson 1985, p. 25) INTRODUCTION 25 Watson stresses the importance of communicating the fact that the nurse genuinely cares, and getting to know the person in creating an environment where the person can discuss sensitive issues and feelings. This involves being totally focused on the person at that moment in time, which Watson refers to as ‘relational caring’ (Watson 2000, p. 6). It is important for nurses to try to understand their patient or client as an individual person with different feelings and priorities, rather than as an object of care that can be manipulated or treated the same as everyone else.

People do not want to hear about staffing or team issues or our personal lives when they are feeling ill and frightened; our focus should be totally on them. They might not question our professional competence and expertise, but they might have less confidence about how much they feel cared about when they are in a vulnerable situation. Sheila clearly demonstrated to Ian that she understood why privacy and an appropriately stimulating environment were important to him, and were essential parts of his nursing care.

Are there any situations where you struggle to identify with those in your care? Can you think of any ways to start to resolve this? Are there any situations in which you find that full engagement with the patient is compromised? EMPATHY AND SENSITIVITY ● ● ● Have you any thoughts about how to enhance the engagement in these situations? Can you think of any situations when you purposely reduce the level of perceived engagement, in order to reduce patient distress? Can you think of any other situations when this could be appropriate?

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