Nurses and Empowerment: Empowering and Being Empowered

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Nurses and Empowerment: Empowering and Being Empowered

Nurses and Empowerment: Empowering and being Empowered
One of the many issues concerning the profession of nursing is the concept of empowerment. This concept can be looked at from two different levels in reference to nurses, from the level of nurses empowering the client, and from the level of nurses being empowered by their environment (Lewis & Urmston, 2000). Empowerment in general is best defined by its absence from the situation. An absence of empowerment would mean powerlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, dependency, and feeling a loss of control over ones life situation (Lewis & Urmston, 2000). Empowerment is a positive concept, which focuses on strengths instead of
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This type of leadership restricts freedom and action of the client, and promotes a dominating and overpowering image of the nurse, where the nurse thinks she knows best (Dam & Nyatanga, 2002).
When nurses take on a non-authoritarian role with the client, where they enable support, plan, and facilitate self-healing, they help develop awareness about the root of the cause, and necessary actions to eliminate it (Gibson, 1990). With empowering, nurses give their client a sense of social justice, minimizing the clients feeling of debt, and accepting help (Gibson 1990).
Nurses Being Empowered
The other important empowerment concept in the profession of nursing is the empowerment of nurses themselves. The empowerment of nurses is now coming into full focus, as the nursing workplace changes from a technical, and occupational field into a professional workforce, as entry to practice requirements have been heightened to a degree in nursing (Kerfoot, 2004).
Empowerment of nurses, like empowerment of client, holds the importance of autonomy and independence. Except nurses are empowered by their environment, setting, management, and colleagues (Lashinger & Wong, 1999). Whereas client empowerment was a little more direct, being mainly empowered through the nurse (Gibson, 1990). Empowerment outcomes in the nurses’ context are defined as the increased productivity, effectiveness of
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