Theconcept of Caring in Nursing
Theconcept of Caring in Nursing
Theconcept of caring in nursing refers to student-teacher interactionspremised on aspects of human values. Its main aim is on the uniqueneeds of the nursing students resulting in the personal developmentof both the student and the teachers. Emphasis is put on caring ineducation as it takes the first place for the teaching and learningof the values that govern the nursing profession. As a moralprinciple, it helps in guiding the nurses’ performance specificallyin clinical practice. An exhibition of caring practices by the nursesin clinical practice can only be achieved when there is a sufficientatmosphere of caring exposed to them during their training periods.The caring in nursing education is characterized by specialscheduling of the training programs to incorporate certain units thatcovers caring as an area in nursing. This ensures that they are welltrained on caring aspects when they are practically introduced to theprofession(Walker& Payne, 2012). .
Itis my belief that a mutual benefit is attained by the students andthe teachers from training in caring that I decided to look into thisconcept. The concept is important because it helps empower thestudents to be confident and helps in developing a caring attitudetowards others. Exposure to such an environment instills professionalbehavior on the students. Therefore, this concept paper seeks to lookinto the relationship between the instructors and students in respectto caring behaviors taking interest on the impact of the instructorscaring for their students.
TheDefinition and an Analysis of the Concept
Theconcept of caring in the health profession is defined as a methodused to alleviate suffering (Walker& Payne, 2012). Tobe successful in the alleviation of suffering, it has been considerednecessary to develop caring concepts that can apply to particularcontexts and situations. In a practical sense, patient dignity hasoften been violated in care giving situations. This, therefore, showsthe direct relationship between the suffering experienced and thekind of care given.
Albertinedefines caring as a social science that considers the value andwelfare of mankind. The care in nursing is not only aimed towards thepatients’ needs, but is also focused on the value of the patients.Caring is considered as both the ontological and epistemologicalfoundation of the nursing profession. The history of caring innursing is well documented, dating back to about three decades ago.However, of great concern is the vast and contradictory nature ofliterature reviews concerning the subject. It is, therefore,difficult to have a consistent and conceptual definition of theconcept in the midst of such uncertainty even with attempts to haveconceptual clarity of the same. Many research studies are still beingconducted in this field. To date, different scholars are stillpresent different understanding of the subject.
Ina nursing practice, the concept of caring has its main focus onspecialized tasks for the patients, which include providinghealthcare, administration of medication on a timely basis, amongother duties that are related to the healthcare services. Incomparison to the administration of the concept in nursing education,the emphasis is put on nurse educators and their demonstration of ahelpful attitude towards the students. This is ordinarilydemonstrated through procedures geared towards counseling, training,listening, as well as encouraging the nursing students. Evidently,the definition of the concept and the mechanisms to be availed toensure that effective care is achieved depends on the situation athand. The nursing students are the recipients of the care, whereas innursing practice, the recipient is the patient, with the nursingstaff being the administrator (Walker& Payne, 2012).
Asstated earlier, the caring concept is considered as an integralcomponent of of the nursing profession. Nursing has also beenreferred to as the ‘caring profession. Creating an atmosphere thatensures that nursing students are effectively equipped with caringskills, considered to be a human science and it benefits theprofession in a reciprocal manner. This is achieved when there is atransition from being a student to nursing practitioner. It is acommon belief that caring in education, which is an alternativeethical approach, assists nurse instructors and teachers to makeeducational decisions that are based on the moral responsibility theyowe to the students.
Caringin education is aimed at humanizing the learning process. It helps ingenerating trust based on interactive sessions between the teachersand the students in the learning process. This is important becausethe same is reflected in practice where, although depending on thecircumstance, patient autonomy is considered in respect to the kindof care to be administered. The moral responsibility in the nursingprofession regarding care is instilled to a nursing student at anearly stage.
Walker,J. & Payne, S. (2012). Psychologyfor nurses and the caring professions.Maidenhead: Open University Press.