Nov 8, 2017 in Informative

Nursing Reflection Paper

“Adequate holistic nursing care, including spiritual care, is never a matter of taking over someone else’s life. The calling of an acute care nurse is a calling to care and provide support to clients as they make the decisions that determine the shape of their lives” (Molewyk Doornbos, 2005).

This profession is incredibly relevant. Geography of nurses’ possible work is vast: it includes small district hospitals, health centers, clinics, large medical centers, resorts, various recreation centers, educational institutions, large public and private organizations and enterprises. Professional nursing activity is not limited to performing just daily manipulation in the workplace. There should be a place for self-education, protection of their professional and labor rights as well as active participation in the activities of the complete nursing service in general.

The main qualities that a good nurse should have are knowledge, skills, tenderness, kindness, compassion, mercy, infinite patience, responsibility, and courtesy. Unfortunately, there is no attention paid to the definition and promotion of these important qualities. The nurse must be competent in respect of the moral and legal rights of the patient. Above all, the nurse must put compassion and respect to care for the patient's life. The nurse must respect the patient's right to relieve the suffering according to the current level of medical knowledge.

Constant development and cognition of the human world leads to the obligatory updating of the society. The science of medicine is among the most progressive one. To provide the high quality of care, nurses must constantly strive to improve their skills. Modern medicine introduces more and more advanced technologies (new surgical procedures and types of research) using complex medical and diagnostic equipment, new medicaments, etc. All this requires constant updating of knowledge. At the same time, it helps nurses recognize themselves as members of a modern profession and specialists in the field. Nevertheless, a human nature is the main point for any nurse. The individual style of nursing is very important in the system of "nurse - patient" relations. Professional nurse is a great psychologist, who successfully explores all the aspects of Psychology. Faith is also an important thing. The Oxford dictionary defines faith as a “complete trust or confidence in someone or something” (Para. 1). Faith or hope is the consequent why a man wants to be healthy and a great engine of effective convalescence. “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays” (Kierkegaard, 1956). The one who has faith is loyal and strong. “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Galatians). Kris Haldeman (2006) pointed out, “Christian nurses feel to rely on God for strength. Frequently, the nurses emphasize that success in a demanding and stressful workplace is related to a dependence on their Creator. “God is my biggest resource,” one nurse explained.”

The professional aim of a nurse as a member of the medical community is to ensure the availability and quality of nursing care. The nurse must be actively involved in informing population and providing social health education, helping patients make the right choice in their relationship with the state, municipal and private health systems. Nurse should do her best to participate in the development and implementation of cooperative measures aimed at improving the methods of disease control, warning patients, authorities and the general public about environmental hazards, and contributing to the organization of rescue services. Today's nurses must have the scientific knowledge to be able to analyze, anticipate consequences, plan, and make decisions. Leadership and the ability to build professional relationships with colleagues, patients, and their relatives is of great importance. The nurse must maintain and develop autonomy, independence, and integrity of nursing. The duty of nurse is to attract attention of the public and the media to the needs, achievements, and limitations of nursing. The nurse must protect the public from misinformation or misinterpretation of nursing.

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