The Concept of Caring


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This paper aims atexploring, as well as offering a description of the variousexperiences that the medical personnel and relatives of patientsencounter in different situations that involve caregiving. Itsummarizes the effectiveness of the caring concept not only in thenursing division but also by other professional caregivers around theworld. Likewise, this article addresses the various characteristicsof the idea of compassion and the significance of the properunderstanding of the concept in the health section. Since the caringtheory is a critical part towards achieving effective results in thefield, this paper also seeks to touch on the means through whichmedical personnel has applied the concept and the implications.

In the nursingcareer, the idea of caring is considered pivotal towards thedetermination of patient recovery course. It is a significant pointerto the value of nursing in a health association. The due applicationof the rather complex notion in the nursing career has, however, notbeen easy. However, reducing the complexities related to the caringidea, into a simplified but meaningful concept, has acquiredsovereignty over the alternative approach that the intricacy is notavoidable, and it is both desirable and acceptable (Sargent, 2012).Teaching the caring concept to medical students serves an importantrole in granting and developing caring attributes among the potentialnurses (Labrague et al., 2015).

According toSalehian et al. (2016), caring guides and directs the performance ofnurses through any form of clinical practice. Besides that, theenvironment solely nurtures ethical principles. Other characteristicsof caring as a core concept in the nursing profession include thatits manifestation is dependent on the attention and the reflection ofthe issue in the whole process of education. Another is the fact thatit empowers medical students by enabling them to gain confidence andhelping them to acquire a caring attitude towards other individuals(Holopainen, et al., 2014).

The main reason forselecting this concept of caring is so as to be in a position toenhance my understanding of the issue, as well as improve that ofother people. The idea of caring remains a complex element in thenursing profession and thus by conducting this research more lightis shed on the need of incorporating caring skills in the nursingactivities. The paper provides an insight to the medicalprofessionals as well as other caregivers on the significance ofemploying the concept in the daily operations. There exists aninseparable link between nursing as a science and the element ofcare. Therefore, this paper also seeks to establish a permanentdialogue between the two fields (Levy‐Malmberg&amp Hilli, 2014 Lindberg et al., 2014).

Content of paper

Despite the factthat a lot of research has been conducted concerning the significanceof the caring concept and introducing it in the course of education,there is no clear and precise definition of caring in nursing inliterature. Salehian et al. (2016) presented the definition of caringin nursing in a comprehensive manner as a multi-faceted aspect whichis expressed via the links amid nurses, amongst the nursing facilityand the nursing apprentices, between scholars and patients as well asamid nursing learners. The comprehensive nature of this explanationmakes it difficult to develop a more precise description. Accordingto Ranheim et al., (2012), philosophers define caring as theart of having the necessary ontological dimensions of being. Further,they believe that caring entails taking care of the being itself,physical things and taking care of the situation at hand. Caring is ameans of alleviating suffering (Söderlund, 2013).

Various literatureworks exist on the concept of caring about nursing. Many benefitscome from caregiving among them alleviation of suffering indifferent situations. To alleviate suffering, however, the nurses,nursing patients, as well as patients in any medical facility, needto understand the relationship of the concept of nursing as a sciencedeeply. More so, it is mandatory for them to understand theirspecific roles in the same. Knowledge of concept acts as additionalmotivation to health professionals for them to duly reflect on whatthey do. In an attempt to examine the lived experiences of nurses andpatients in caregiving a context, researchers conducted a reanalysis(Söderlund, 2013). Reanalysis was carried out by triangulation ofvarious approaches including phenomenological and hermeneuticalmethods. The research revealed that the nurses’ experience incaring differed depending on years of working, gender and theenvironments under which they were working. Overly, Söderlund,(2013) further explains that caregiving impacts the patients’ fearof possible medical operations.

According to Ranheim et al., (2012), caring is a humanisticscience. Additionally, caring is the core foundation of all questionsthat in the nursing profession. After the study on the approach ofcaring on nursing, the findings indicated that there exists a deepconnection between the theory of caring and nursing as a science. Theinterconnectedness between the two came out as a continually evolvingconcept with accompanied increment in efficacy. Professional caringincorporates other social aspects like esthetical and ethical issues.Overly, the research proved that caring and the nursing professionsare inseparable.

About AdvancedPractice Nurses (APN), the knowledge of the caring concept and itsconnectedness to the nursing science enables them to make moreinformed decisions as they handle chronic illnesses among theirpatients. Additionally, the caring concept is applied by APNs in thedecision-making process. In NP practice, caring concept enablesmedical practitioners to relate well and identify themselves withtheir suffering thus ensuring quality treatment. Moreover, inregistered nurses (RN), the idea helps the nurse to connect well withthe patients and take ultimate care of them.


In summary, the keyissues addressed in the paper include the overall concept of caringin the nursing profession, the characteristics of the concept as wellas its significance in the health operations. Various authors holdthe view that the idea of caring should be taught in medical schoolsso as to instill the virtue to the future nurses. As such, once theycomplete school and finally become nurses, they will at a betterposition to perform better in their nursing operations. Additionally,medical facilities should incorporate the virtue of caring in theirdaily relations with the patients.


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