The Foundation And Provision Of Nursing

1316 WordsApr 10, 20176 Pages
The foundation and provision of nursing care is guided by key values of nursing and definitions of nursing. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN] (2008) highlights five values that represent the core of nursing practice. These values include altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. This essay will focus on my top three values of altruism, human dignity, and autonomy, how these values are currently represented in my life, and how these values led to my own unique philosophy and definition of nursing. Altruism The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing (n.d.) describes altruism as “an unselfish concern for the welfare of others” (Values section, para 1). The AACN (2008) describes how…show more content…
Human dignity goes along with my expression of altruism in my life. I express human dignity very similar to the way I express altruism, but I express this value further in my work. One main way I express this is through the provision of modesty and privacy in all ways possible while caring for patients. It is as simple as using least exposing methods and being respectful and professional when providing care. I also respect human dignity by giving my patients the power of choice and respecting the wishes that they express. I believe this is important because the hospital environment leaves people vulnerable to have their dignity ignored. Nursing researchers Papastavrou, Efstathiou, and Andreou (2017) describe this problem by stating “threats to health were considered more important than those to dignity and the older people endured threats to dignity in favour of treating the health problem” (p. 94). With this in mind, I work particularly hard to find ways to uphold human dignity always in my work and throughout my life. Autonomy Autonomy simply means “the right to self-determination,” but it is a key part of nursing care (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing, n.d., Values section, para 2). This is demonstrated through a study by Rao, Kumar, and McHugh (2017) which found that hospitals with
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