Chochinov, 2007 (cited in Cornwell & Goodrich, 2009), states simply that compassion is ‘a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.’ Pediatric patients and their families are highly sensitive to the compassionate nature of health care professionals and a successful therapeutic relationship with them depends on the sensitive, compassionate care offered by the nurse. This paper will discuss why communication, family centred care and compassion are necessary and important qualities for a nurse to possess when working with pediatric patients and specify some of the challenges a nurse may meet in providing these. Communicating with Babies and Children Nursing children and babies requires a highly skilled and sensitive approach to communication. The developmental age of the pediatric patient needs to be considered when determining the best ways to
End of Life Care Krissy Torkelson OKWU End of Life Care As a person grows older the thought of death and dying begins to be more realistic. Everyone wants to be cared for properly when they are nearing the end of their life. Same for family members, they want their loved ones to be cared for with no suffering. By recognizing certain behaviors and being intuitive to the patient’s spiritual beliefs healthcare providers can help a family and a patient deal with the end of life. When someone is dying there are legal concerns that a nurse must keep in mind when caring for the patient.
A family who has to make any choice, whether it be palliative or “full steam ahead”, in the presence of a terminal situation for their loved one, is brave. As healthcare practitioners, we need to honor and respect the difficult decisions made for our patients by their families no matter what our personal and professional experience “tells us” is the right path. Strategies Three strategies to promoting the health of this family the community health nurse (CHN) can address include, providing education and speciality physician consultation regarding the appropriate and safe use of
Marie is directing patient centered care, but culturally, Carla prefers her family around her to support her and her help make decisions while Carla is recovering. One of the visitors in Carla’s room may be a partera who is helped Carla with the delivery and is helping with recovery. Carla may even have a trusted family member that will make decisions for her (Potter, Perry, Stockert & Hall, 2013). Delivering care to a patient in a way that is respectful to the patient and their family is crucial for several reasons. Culturally congruent care means taking in to account the beliefs and traditions of the patient and working them into the care plan.
Nursing care plans are used whether prognosis is good, as when a patient is expecting a healthy baby without complications or when prognosis is poor, such as when a patient has terminal cancer and shortened life expectancy. The care plan addresses singular problems with solutions and based upon the action taken assesses the measureable outcome or the cause and effect. Many community health nurses utilize this type of documentation when caring for people in the community served. The community health nurse organizes and carries out a comprehensive discipline of care that is preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and can be continued throughout the community or life of an individual within a community. Many times community health nurses are contacted through other agencies or institutions such as physician offices, schools, and hospitals when needs are identified in the community or individual’s life.
The role of the nurse is to attempt to alleviate discomfort, restore health, and to not cause any additional undue harm. Though I have minimal clinical experience aside from clinical rotations, I have been witness to the progression of both my aunt and uncle’s cancer until the disease won both battles. These experiences taught me even more to treat others as I would want to be treated. The lessons that I learned from illness in my family transcend into my nursing
Being compassionate is one of the most important traits a CENA must have. In the work place, a CENA may work in many saddening settings which may include working with the terminally ill and the elderly. In order for the aide to give the most effective care to the resident or patient, he or she must want to help. They would treat the patient as if it was their own family in this kind of predicament. They must have the passion to help others to get back to their everyday lives or for some, help them learn to live with their illness.
Australians is currently estimated to be 11.5 years for men and 9.7 years for women. 80% of the mortality gap can be attributed to chronic diseases. From ages 35-54, the ratio of Indigenous to non-Indigenous death rates is highest for diabetes, diseases of the liver, chronic lower respiratory disease and ischaemic heart disease. This may make experiences of grief and loss especially
Family members are also included in planning and maintaining, which means its personal and private to the people whom really know the person. This can mean putting the person’s needs above those recognized as priorities by healthcare professionals. In order to achieve person-centred care, health workers need to understand the lives of their patients and their relatives. Individuals with learning, physical disabilities and mental health issues are more vulnerable for changes, so its important to include PCP (person-centred planning). When you’re communicating with individuals, make sure you
They belief that caring for the caregiver is as important as caring for the patients. There are wellness programs and stress relief opportunities for the caregivers. They recognize how important human touch can be for everyone. They employ licensed massage therapist on site for patients, family member and employees. Planetree is patient focused care that is committed to improving patient care from the patient’s perspective.