My program is based on Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring
MAJOR CONCEPTS - Ten Carative Factors
1. Formation of humanistic-altruistic systems of values: satisfaction through giving and extending of oneself.
2. Enabling and sustaining faith-hope: promotion of holistic nursing care through effective nurse-client relationships and promotion of wellness.
3. Sensitivity to self and others: as nurses acknowledge their own sensitivity and feelings, they are more helpful to others.
4. Developing a helping-trust relationship: involves congruence (being genuine, honest authentic), empathy, warmth and effective communication.
5. Promotion and acceptance of expression of positive and negative feelings: recognition that intellectual and emotional understandings of a situation differ.
6. Systematic use of the scientific problem-solving method for decision making: use of the nursing process; systematic; organized.
7. Promotion of interpersonal teaching-learning: informs client, places responsibility of health and wellness on client; promotes personal growth.
8. Provision for supportive, protective, and/or corrective mental, physical, sociocultural, and spiritual environment: recognition of influence that internal and external environment: recognition of influence that internal and external environments have on health and wellness of individuals.
9. Assistance with gratification of basic human needs: recognition of biophysical, psychophysical, psychosocial, and intrapersonal needs of self and client; refers to hierarchy of needs-low order needs must be met before higher needs.
10. Allowance for existential-phenomenological forces:
Regardless of what theory your practice is based on, remember the ANA defination if what nursing actually is:
"Nursing in the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems"
We, as nurses, are to treat the human, not the bacteria, virus, disease. etc. Humans are holistic beings, therefore it would only be prudent that we deliver holistic treatment
Medicine focuses on the disease process, so it is up to us to concentrate on the HUMAN process
Without us, patients would be the "MRSA in bed 2", WITH us, its "Mr. Smith in bed 2"