The Evolution Of Nursing Care Theories

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One of the complexities of 21st century medicine is the evolution of nursing care theories in combination with a changing need and expectation of the stakeholder population. Nurses must be advocates and communicators, but must balance these along with an overall philosophy of ethics while still remaining mindful of budgets and the need for the medical institution to be profitable. It seems as if these issues comprise a three-part template for nursing: respect for patient value & individuality, education of patients, and cognition and respect for the realities of contemporary medicine. In many ways, too, modern technology has advanced further than societal wisdom, especially when confronting the issue of death. The modern nurse's role is to create a nurse-patient culture that encourages the individual to take responsibility for their healthcare and, in partnership with the nurse, to be involved in their recovery. The modern complexities of healthcare, then, when combined, focus us towards a multidimensional template (combining at least psychology, biology and philosophy) (Beckstead and Beckstead, 2004).
For my own professional development, patient safety and advocacy are top of mind. I am also quite attracted to Jean Watson's model which requires professional and clinical knowledge but also combines it with a strong level of care and advocacy (Fawcett and Watson, 2001). For this, I focus on patient centered care; teamwork and collaboration, especially interdisciplinary; Data

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