Nursing as a whole may be defined as a profession, which involves caring for patients and helping them with various needs and problems in order to create an appropriate healthcare environment. However, caring is not the only function of nursing, and hence there is a number of diverse dimensions of nursing and principles closely linked with these dimensions. According to some sources, the nursing concepts may be divided into three main categories. The above-mentioned concept categories include healthcare recipient concepts, health and illness concepts, and nursing and caring concepts. Even though nursing may be divided into several elements, the resulting components are significantly interrelated. Caring may be viewed as a central and most important element as it contributes to the fulfillment of all other functions of nursing.
There is a large number of goals, which are pursued within nursing. Nonetheless, maintaining the well-being of the patient, as well as supporting recovery, may be distinguished as the most important objectives. Caring concepts are directly linked with maintaining patients’ well-being within both physical and psychological aspects. As the purpose of caring corresponds considerably with the objectives of nursing, it represents an inseparable element of the profession. This paper aims to provide a personal definition of caring and an artistic expression that represents the concepts of caring.
Definition of Caring
As already mentioned, nurses should consider a significant number of aspects that may influence the process of decision-making. Therefore, the concepts of holistic care are widely implemented in order to provide comprehensive services, which address various dimensions. According to some sources, holistic care relies on such factors as the physical, psychological, social, emotional, economic, and spiritual wellness of the patient (Ventegodt et al., 2016). The definition of caring may differ depending on the context in which the term is used. Hence, in the context of nursing, I would define caring as the provision of comprehensive help and support to maintain the multi-factor well-being of the patient. According to recent research, personal and religious beliefs, as well as life principles, may significantly influence the performance of the nurse and impact patient outcomes. Hence, I believe that it may be necessary to supplement the definition by clarifying that holistic caring depends not only on professional but also on personal skills.
Expression of Caring
I chose poetry as an artistic expression of nursing as a whole and caring concepts in particular. I believe that poetry correlates significantly with the profession of nursing as it combines both soft skills and hard skills. When writing a poem, a person needs to use technical skills in order to achieve pleasant sounding of rhymes and rhythms as well as rely on personal skills to develop a particular idea and deliver a message. The poem focuses on the complexity of holistic caring and its importance for individual patients and society as a whole.
Caring is an essential part of nursing, which requires an individual approach to every patient and relies significantly on the professional and personal skills of the nurse. The poem written as an expression of a caring concept is supposed to convey the above-mentioned message in an artistic way. The assignment helped me better understand the importance of personal skills and relationships in caring. Moreover, it encouraged me to study several articles and accumulate more practical and theoretical knowledge.
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