Watsons Theory of Caring Essay

1962 Words Oct 13th, 2011 8 Pages
Watson's Theory of Human Caring
The nursing profession has undergone a multitude of changes throughout its long and storied history; the profession has transformed from a job typically taken by women to care for sick members of their families into the science and art that it is today. Nursing practice and education has used numerous theories over the years some written by nurses, some by other professionals, and they differ in what the nature of nursing is or should be. In this paper I will demonstrate how one such theory is taking the art and science of nursing back to its roots of caring for people and not just treating diseases and disorders. By employing Dr. Watson’s human caring theory I will show why it is important to treat
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The patient had been seen for right knee pain four times in the ER during the last two months. Because of the staff’s stereotype attitude of the patient, and I representing the low man on the totem pole, the rest of the staff tabbed me to deal with the “drug seeker.” Watson describes the person as a complex being comprised of a balance within the mind, body and soul to demonstrate a reflection of the whole (Alligood, 2008). As a new nurse I embraced the idea to see if I could tell why the rest of the staff had given up on the patient. However, if the rest of the nursing staff employed this view of person the patient would have received proper and respectful care and not a drug seeker label. During the interview the patient was very despondent and seemed very depressed. When I sat down at the bedside and asked the patient why he was so distant, he looked at me and asked if I thought he was making his pain up, I explained that pain is a very personable experience, and unique to each individual. After this statement the patient began to relax and explain that he had become very depressed because of the pain in his right knee, and being labeled a drug seeker. After I finished the history and assessment, I looked him in the eye and told him that I would do everything I could to help him discover what was going on and what the root cause of the pain was. This one statement allowed me to develop a helping-trusting relationship with the patient as well as promoting

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