Part 1: Artistic Expression of Caring
A Nurse that Cares
A nurse that cares has endless roles,
of all the roles, caring is at the forefront.
A nurse that cares won’t leave you on your bed unattended,
when the body won’t withstand unrelenting pain,
and the soul is restless.
A nurse that cares will see your tears and cry with you.
if there is no one by your side.
A nurse that cares is present for you
and celebrates your positive progress.
A nurse that cares seeks for a way out,
to help and comfort you.
A nurse that cares does not need your explanation to see your agony,
there is no need to narrate your ordeal,
for a caring nurse has the passion and an eye that sees through you.
In this paper, I will talk about some of the general caring concepts, my perception of caring at a personal level, and its relevance. Further, I will discuss my artistic expression and how it paints an image of caring and finally, I provide a summary of key concepts and a self-reflection of how this assignment has been valuable to me. Consequently, caring is a central role in nursing and is greatly influenced by a nurse’s mastery of skills, knowledge, and type of attitude. Drahošová and Jarošová (2016) presented various caring aspects of caring such as protection, patient care by use of evidence-based approaches and developing relationships. Conversely, caring is vital in nursing as it is an avenue of establishing patient-nurse trust, rapport, and open communication that contributes to positive patient outcomes.
Definition of Caring
To me, there are different approaches to exercising caring. As such, caring can take the form of physical, emotional, social, or psychological dimensions. I believe that caring is not all about curing the ailing body, rather, a patient’s emotional and psycho-social needs should also be adequately met. Thus, holistic care is necessary for providing care to patients. Holistic care implies that nurses will consider the well-being of patients and ensure that their social security is assured at the time of returning to society. Hence, holistic care should be advocated for by ensuring that there are ready resources to be channeled to society for social support (Alicea-Planas, 2016). This way, optimal health care will be achieved.
Expression of Caring
I opted for a poem as my expression of caring because the words in it are intertwined with my day-to-day observations and feeling of what caring could mean. In the poem, I envision the most important role of a nurse (caring) and I utilize a health-care setting where a nurse is supposed to care for a patient. In so doing, I particularly use figurative language such as “tears”. “soul is restless” and “cry” to show that a nurse ought to be sensitive to the social, emotional, and psychological needs of a patient. This way, I tried to emphasize that by being compassionate, nurses will be able to improve patient outcomes. Evidently, Nurses should be able to share emotions while being supportive to patients (Adams, 2016). Thus, I think the poem clearly brought out the concept of caring and further enlightened me.
Caring in nursing is a complex task and focuses on different patient aspects such as physical, emotional, social, or psychological dimensions. As such, nurses should use holistic approaches in administering care to satisfy all of the patients’ needs. The poem was an artistic expression of caring that demonstrates how nurses should be compassionate to their patients in different ways. Consequently, the revelations from this assignment have empowered me to holistically care for patients as I have learned that caring can be practiced in innumerable ways.
Adams, L. Y. (2016). The Conundrum of Caring in Nursing. International Journal Of Caring Sciences, 9(1), 1. Retrieved from http://internationaljournalofcaringsciences.org/docs/1_1-Adams_special_9_1.pdf
Alicea-Planas, J. (2016). Listening to the Narratives of Our Patients as Part of Holistic Nursing. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 34(2), 162-166. doi: 10.1177/0898010115591396
Drahošová, L., & Jarošová, D. (2016). Concept Caring in Nursing. Central European Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 7(2) 453. doi:10.15452/CEJNM.2016.07.0014.