What Is Your Definition Of Caring?

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    we were discussing this in my rn-bsn class and we got alot of different answers.

    rules are: no dictionaries involve, answer must be what you think caring means. you must define it in your own words, no one else.

    hopefully everyone can participate.



    iiiseeyaa!
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    About IIIseeyaa

    Joined Jun '07; Posts: 33.

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  4. Visit  EricJRN profile page
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    For me, this is something that I can't necessarily define. I just know it when I see it, if that makes sense.
  5. Visit  IIIseeyaa profile page
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    My definition is an act or intention, that provides well being to the mind, body, and spirit of the provider or the recipient or both.



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    QUOTE=EricEnfermero;2605447]For me, this is something that I can't necessarily define. I just know it when I see it, if that makes sense.[/QUOTE]

    No that does not make sense to me, Caring is not only something you witness, it's a feeling, an emotion.

    Put the words together that you feel encompasses caring and from there you can define caring. SEE MY DEFINITION ABOVE


    COME ON....COME ON....COME ON....PUT YOUR THINKING CAP ON!




    IIISEEYAA
    Last edit by IIIseeyaa on Jan 16, '08
  7. Visit  snowfreeze profile page
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    Being a patient advocate even if the patients wishes are not within my personal beliefs. Taking the time to listen so I do understand the patients wishes.
  8. Visit  Tait profile page
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    "Caring" A feeling of one or many of the following: compassion, empathy, sympathy, anger, vehemency, advocation, intention, sadness, fear, happiness, protection, enlightenment, love, or passion in direct correlation with the plight/triumph of another human being/entity/idea/culture/population.

    Caring is an internal reaction to the above and is often coupled with a sense of need to help physically or emotionally, in an attempt to offer support in a visible way.
  9. Visit  classicdame profile page
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    Our hospital uses Jean Watson's Caring theory in our nursing philosophy. We have developed our hospital's misson and values around that theory and have defined behaviors that SHOW we care. Among those are introducing yourself to the patient, using appropriate touch and sitting down to be on eye level when conversing (when possible). Values are stewardship, mutual respect, quality, excellence, commitment, integrity, sound judgment and compassion. If you SHOW those values the caring will be understood. Actions speak louder than words, of course.
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  10. Visit  James Huffman profile page
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    In the context of nursing as a professional field...

    caring: the provision of skilled, professional nursing services to clients.

    That's all. "Caring" is not -- within a nursing context -- having heart-felt emotions toward a client. We may or may not have those, but it's not our job. Our job is to provide professional services to the client. If we're not providing those, we're not caring. If we provide them, we are.
  11. Visit  PMHNP10 profile page
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    James Huffman,

    For what it's worth, strictly speaking, your definition of caring could be attached to the nurse who is most likely to be sued/referred to BON (from a statistical POV). That is, nurses who have exemplary skills, but are perceived as being less friendly by the patient are sued more often than nurses who might have less refined skills, but who have an emotional level attached to caring, which could indicate a less robotic, and more human component to nursing. For clarification, I'm not saying a person cannot have excellent technical skills and be perceived as having emotional parts of caring.

    Let me provide a scenario:

    You have a dying patient and he/she asks that you hold their hand. IMO this is an emotional component of caring and not a "skilled, professional nursing service". It's clearly caring for the patient's wholistic needs by providing an emotional service, so to speak.
    Last edit by PMHNP10 on Jan 16, '08
  12. Visit  IIIseeyaa profile page
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    James Huffman,



    I did not intent for this to be about your profession only,
    I intended this to bring out the warm side of everyone.
    To think about how would you personally classify someone as a caring person.
    What have you experienced in your life that made you put a lable on someone as a caring person.

    Everyone, views and belief are different, I just wanted to address something positive
    that we all aspire to provide in our profession and personality


    I did not want a response from the book, I wanted a response from the heart!




    IIIseeyaa
    Last edit by IIIseeyaa on Jan 16, '08
  13. Visit  anonymurse profile page
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    I did not want a response from the book, I wanted a response from the heart!
    I think honesty counts for more than anything in this kind of forum. I mean, is this the kind of question you want to say has "wrong" answers? And sometimes honesty brings important truth.

    Now as to the head's part in the effectual workings of the heart, I quit playing in church bands because the Bible says "play skilfully and with a loud noise." Well way too many church musicians ignore the first part and pay attention only to the second. Now if you are going to do something for someone you CARE about, whether God or a patient, aren't you going to do right by them, not just feel for them? And if not, isn't it just lip service?

    Some further thoughts: all relationships are about caring enough to do the hard work not only to make the relationship happen, that is, pay off emotionally for the lover, but they are about the other, that is, caring enough to see what preparation is needed to ensure the wellbeing of the other, and to plan and do the hard work.

    Going back to church bands, I have seen many who claimed wild love of God, yet couldn't be bothered to even glance over the sheet music once, let alone show up for practice, let alone practice at home.

    In the nurse-patient relationship, some display similar shortcomings. Do they care enough to do no harm? This includes everything from routine handwashing to continuing study to making oneself a responsive part of the care team to forcing oneself to take a fresh look at the patient with every new piece of data.

    What is caring? We can look at the opposite. We have all seen patients come in who were neglected. You might say that's passive abuse, not active. But your gut tells you abuse is abuse, doesn't it, when you see what shape patients are in on admission?

    Now I understand an automatic aversion to bringing such apparently non-emotional things as nursing process into a discussion of caring. We all know those to whom being right all the time, or promoting their career, or something else and professionalism are one and the same. However even if they confuse these, surely we can see the difference.

    I know an orthopedist who's getting on in years. He has a pact with others. If the group sees one of the others starting to slip in medical judgment or surgical skill, they are obligated to honestly confront the one who is slipping, and the other is obligated to retire. Now that's caring.
    Last edit by anonymurse on Jan 16, '08
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    Quote from psychrn03
    James Huffman,

    For what it's worth, strictly speaking, your definition of caring could be attached to the nurse who is most likely to be sued/referred to BON (from a statistical POV). That is, nurses who have exemplary skills, but are perceived as being less friendly by the patient are sued more often than nurses who might have less refined skills, but who have an emotional level attached to caring, which could indicate a less robotic, and more human component to nursing. For clarification, I'm not saying a person cannot have excellent technical skills and be perceived as having emotional parts of caring.

    Let me provide a scenario:

    You have a dying patient and he/she asks that you hold their hand. IMO this is an emotional component of caring and not a "skilled, professional nursing service". It's clearly caring for the patient's wholistic needs by providing an emotional service, so to speak.

    If therapeutic listening is a skill, then hand-holding is indeed a skill. There've been many, many times when I wasn't "into it" emotionally, but agreed to it because the patient had a need--an emotional need for a physical touch.

    Touching is indeed a nursing skill, far more than a medicinal one. (Unless your doc is a chiropractor.)

    My version of "care" is an emotional feeling that translates into beneficial physical acts on behalf of another.
  15. Visit  James Huffman profile page
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    Quote from psychrn03
    James Huffman,

    For what it's worth, strictly speaking, your definition of caring could be attached to the nurse who is most likely to be sued/referred to BON (from a statistical POV). That is, nurses who have exemplary skills, but are perceived as being less friendly by the patient are sued more often than nurses who might have less refined skills, but who have an emotional level attached to caring, which could indicate a less robotic, and more human component to nursing. For clarification, I'm not saying a person cannot have excellent technical skills and be perceived as having emotional parts of caring.

    Let me provide a scenario:

    You have a dying patient and he/she asks that you hold their hand. IMO this is an emotional component of caring and not a "skilled, professional nursing service". It's clearly caring for the patient's wholistic needs by providing an emotional service, so to speak.

    But providing for emotional needs IS part of professional nursing.

    As to the question of robotic nurses (don't give hospital administrators any ideas ... : ), personal interaction is likewise part of professional nursing. What I keep coming around to is that nurses seem to fret too much about whether they "care" or not. There are days when we "care" (that is, "have heart-felt emotions" about clients) and days when we don't.

    The bottom line is that it doesn't matter. We're there to do our jobs. Not "caring" doesn't mean we treat folks any differently on those days than the others. Fortunately, most days we will genuinely like and feel good about those we care for. Other days, we don't. We're still there to do our jobs.

    I guess my complaint, too, centers around the idea that "a good nurse" is one who "cares" as if "caring" somehow trumps dealing with electrolytes or starting an IV.

    The other point I bring up is that in a sense, my emotional responses are not the point in provision of care. I can provide services for someone whom I disagree with (say, a neo-Nazi), someone I disapprove of (say, a child molester) or someone whose habits (say, alcohol or drugs) have compromised their health. We're nurses. That's what we do. Whether we "feel like it" or not.
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