THREE CASE STUDIES 5
Nursingentails interactions with clients and caregivers. Nurses areprofessionally trained individuals who have more knowledge than theycan pass to others. There are several patterns of knowing that areapplicable in the field of nursing. The choice of a nurse to use thepatterns depends on the situation they are handling and the specificcircumstances of the patient. It is essential to understand theappropriate pattern, which will positively influence the progress ofthe client. As demonstrated in the case of Ruth, there are severalpatterns that can be applied while dealing with the patient (Chinn& Kramer, 2013).Of all the patterns of knowing, the one I find most challenging isempirics. This is because the pattern involves manipulation of thepatient by giving them a drug. This poses a challenge since itinvolves the violation of a client’s rights.
Tomeet the challenges provided by the pattern, one should have someknowledge and experience. It is vital for a nurse to have knowledgeof the nursing code of ethics. Nurses should obtain informed consentfrom the client and avoid practicing any procedure with patient’sapproval. Moreover, a nurse should provide clients with trueinformation about their health status. Patients ought to make sounddecisions, and this can be achieved by ensuring they are given thecorrect information by the nurse. Administering drugs to patientswithout letting them know the effect of the drug is unethical. Theknowledge of respecting a patient’s dignity is also necessary. Thepatient should feel valued by the caregiver to make them comfortable.Being a nurse, it is also important to have adequate experience ofdealing with aged patients and attending to their needs (Chinn& Kramer, 2013).
Thearticle by Richer and Ritchie focuses on the model of appreciativeinquiry. The text has highlighted the role of the approach inenhancing learning and innovation in healthcare. As demonstrated bythe authors, appreciative inquiry and dialogue can play an essentialrole in facilitating collaboration efforts. Through appreciativeinquiry, it is possible to brainstorm and come up with the bestdecisions in a healthcare setting. Moreover, this model enablesmembers of a healthcare organization to transform the workplacethrough sharing of ideas that can contribute to positive change. Themodel can allow members of a healthcare organization to focus on thepositive influence they have towards the success of their workplace.This way, all stakeholders can work towards achieving the collectivegoal. With the use of the approach, it is possible to bring positivechange in the health behavior of patients. The model can also enhancecollaboration by enhancing team building, performance appraisal, andstrategic planning in a healthcare setting (Richer,Ritchie & Marchionni, 2010).
Asa healthcare professional, there are several ways in which I wouldlike others to perceive. First, I would wish to be viewed as anindividual who exhibits professionalism in my duties. Secondly, it ismy desire to be perceived as an ethical nurse who does not depict anyunacceptable behavior while providing care to patients. To achievethis, I will play my roles professionally as a trained and qualifiednurse who has adequate knowledge of the profession. Moreover, I willportray competence, knowledge, and skills that depict me as aprofessional in the nursing field. Professionalism and ethicalconduct will also be achieved by ensuring that I am objective andunbiased while providing services to my clients.
Nursinghas been perceived both positively and negatively by the public. Inmost instances, the view of the public about nursing is not informedby facts. This contributes to a misconception about what the fieldentails. A female nurse I encountered while undertaking my internshipmade a positive impact on my view of nursing. She played the role ofa counselor and caregiver to most of the patients. As a counselor,the nurse could assist patients overcome stressful situations. Toachieve this, she provided psychological and emotional support whileat the same time encouraging patients to embrace positive change. Thecaregiver role of the nurse involved nurturing the patients andcomforting them in times of need. Moreover, she provided essentialmedical care to the sick (Poole, 2015).
Someof the attributes she had, as well as her actions, influenced me. Thenurse was sensitive to issues that affected the psychological andphysical health of the patients. She used to encourage patients andassist them in experiencing quick recovery from their healthcondition. Also, the nurse was empathetic and could communicate withthe patients with the aim of understanding their progress. I was alsoimpressed by the patience portrayed by the female nurse. In numerouscircumstances, patients could engage in actions that worsened theirhealth condition. Rather than get angered by the patients’behaviors, the nurse did not object to what the patients were doing.Despite her admirable personality, the nurse had to overcome somebarriers. One of the notable challenges she faced was the lack ofcooperation from patients. Some were not easy to handle at times,the nurse encountered violent outbursts from angry patients.
Chinn,P. & Kramer, M. (2013). IntegratingTheory and Knowledge Development in Nursing, 9th Edition.St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby.
Poole,C. (2015). ChoosingNursing: FromApplication to Offer and Beyond.London: Routledge.Richer,M., Ritchie, J., & Marchionni, C. (2010). Appreciative Inquiry inHealth Care.British Journal of Healthcare Management,16(4), 164-172.