Compassion, Its Importance And Effects Of Health Care

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The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate an understanding of compassion, its importance and effects in health care.
Compassion is an interesting topic and very important element within nursing (Dietze and Orb 2000). Involving patients, understanding their situation and being close to them rather than seeing them as a medical condition or procedure.
In all aspects of nursing it is important that nurses are able to provide care with compassion. As it impels and empowers nurses to not only acknowledge but act (Schantz 2007). This is also supported by Bradshaw (2011) who highlighted that compassion is not only in words but also in action.
The NMC Code (2015) guidelines suggest that compassionate care is prioritising
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Using this particular analogy, compassion should be given to all patients young or elderly, whether their illness is long term or short term.
Compassion helps build a patient 's confidence (Welford, 2012) and trust in the nurse through effective communication and acknowledges that they are not suffering alone. Therefore, nurses ought to be friendly, caring and also show genuine interest in their patients.
In mental health nursing this is shown by not stereotyping when caring for certain types of patients i.e. patients who have been referred to a hospital through the criminal justice system. Accepting patients for who they are, whilst acting as a sympathetic listener. And, appreciating how they feel in difficult times, demonstrates compassion and professionalism.
Though benevolence is at the heart of the nursing profession, over time nurses develop compassion fatigue. Dulmus & Sowers (2012) expresses this as a form of working and caring very much and not acknowledging one 's personal needs. Nurses tend to develop dissatisfaction and work-related stress, due to exhaustion in their profession.
It is an unrealistic expectation for nurses to nurses to not be affected when immersed in suffering and loss daily. Remen (2006) described this as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.
Within health organisations there are ways compassion fatigue is avoided such as clinical supervision, peer to peer support and professional
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