Exploring the Importance of Caring in Nursing Essay

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Foundations of Health and Social Care

Amanda Reddin

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In this essay I am going to show the importance of caring in nursing, and how it promotes high standards of care. Caring can be described in many ways, such as showing empathy, compassion and respect. Most caring theories incorporate all of these qualities. Every patient has complex individual needs and each patient interprets high standards in a different way.

As a student nurse I am privileged to be in a position to care for a person when they are often at their most vulnerable and in need of the most help and protection. This responsibility can be overwhelming, and at times a nurse’s life can be filled with
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The patient has roles and obligations, which involve following the advice of the medical practitioner unconditionally. Today, with the implementation of expert patient programme’s and a progression towards an ‘information rich’ patient, and pro-active healthcare user ( Brykczynska, 1997,) patients demand high standards of care. In 1993 the Chief Medical Officer, Kenneth Calman recognised that quality is linked to values, suggesting it necessary to define these values and use them to improve the quality of care (Calman, 1993).
Today standards of practice are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC). The code requires you to ‘make the care of people your first concern, treating them as individuals and respecting their dignity’. The NHS White Paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, sets out the Government's long-term vision for the future of the NHS, putting patients first and improving the things that matter to patients (D of H, 2010). The government’s Dignity in Care campaign recognises basic caring concepts people demand to feel they are treated with dignity and respect. The challenge has ten key points needed to provide high quality services, they include: support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family, listen and support people to express their needs and wants.
There are many caring theories in nursing. Jean Watson’s Theory of human caring was

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