Professional Presence And Influence In Nursing

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Professional Presence and Influence Many nurses today are unaware of what professional presence and influence is, let alone, how it affects the patients they care for. As vital members of the healthcare team nurses need to be aware of how their actions, attitudes, beliefs, and values impact the patients they serve. All these things contribute to the nurses’ professional presence, as well as the care they give. “To care for someone, I must know who I am. To care for someone, I must know who the other is. To care for someone, I must be able to bridge the gap between myself and others ().” No matter where in time the field of health care is, the nurse has always been present. The nurse who practices with mindfulness can bring about the …show more content…
During this time doctors and nurses treated the patient’s symptoms, if the patient had a skin rash the skin would be cleansed, rubbing and scrapping to get the rash off. If a person severely injured a limb, the limb would be amputated. I compare this time to how EMTs work, they treat the physical symptoms physically, anything to save the life of a person. The EMTs take the person to the hospital, and it is there where they receive more thorough and holistic …show more content…
I attempt to be “with” my patient, listening to everything they have to say and approaching the encounter as if it is only one that matters. I try to make each visit into the room, the most important and as if nothing else exists. My professional presence is most relatable to Era II in that I believe that illness can be caused or worsened by a person’s mindset. The use of alternative therapies can be beneficial to the patient and I try to incorporate them in my care. I least like Era I because it does not address the whole person; a person’s attitude can drastically improve or worsen their illness and should be incorporated into their care. The use of physical treatment as in Era I other issues that may be causing or contributing to the illness of the patient. In my daily practice I attempt to approach each patient with an open mind, listening to their concerns and addressing each one using physical as well as, alternative methods. I partner with my patients, in their beliefs and values, to bring about the best care for

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