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“Applying the Ethics of Care to your Nursing Practice” Case Study Analysis

Nursing entails the acts of caring for individuals who are not stable up to the point that they are able to sustain themselves. Lachman (2012) states that there are notes that caring and nursing are intertwined since nurses engage in the acts of providing help to the individuals who are not in a position to sustaining themselves. In this regard, it is important for nurses to understand the theory of care. A nurse is supposed to build the feelings of compassion and exhibit feelings of concern for the problems that a patient may be facing. According to the Watson’s caring model, it is important for a nurse to identify the uniqueness of each patient in a way that will allow him or her to provide care and preserve the dignity of the patient. The critical need for the nurses to understand the ethics of care is the main issue that the article is concerned with and provides the theoretical perspective of ethics of care (Lachman, 2012).

The first theory of ethics of care was introduced suggesting that care is an impartial deliberation and it is justice-based. The second theory suggests that care is created through a relationship between power and caring practices. As a nurse, an individual has a responsibility of providing care for the sick in a courteous way. The third way that the case study tries to elaborate care is by suggesting that each patient has individualized needs that should be looked into to provide the best care. Caring for patients requires nurses to provide the best care by looking into ways through which the patient may be helped. Not every patient may require the same kind of care such as the case where a nurse is aware of a patient’s problems. In this context, it is important to analyze the patient before provision of the needed care (Lachman, 2012).

Lachman (2012) states that taking care of patients require cognitive, emotional and action strategies and a nurse should be able to apply the theory of ethics of care. One should be attentive, responsible, competent, and responsive to the patients. Additionally, there are four phases that are involved in the provision of care namely caring about, taking care of, care giving, and care receiving. Biquand (2012) proposed a philosophy of care giving after a study of the care provided to patients showing signs of dementia. According to the article, “care giving and nursing, work conditions and humanitude,” better work conditions for patients help in determining the relationship between patients and care givers. It is thus, paramount that the whole organization provides the best conditions for the employees (Biquand, 2012).

The success of a nursing practice comes from the ability of a nurse to understand how care should be provided to the patients. As Lachman notes, ethics of care began in moral psychology work of Gilligan and there is need for care givers to have compassion and empathy to the suffering of the patients. Nurses play a big role in helping the patients overcome their sufferings. One should have the moral obligation to care for all the patients and help them to become stable. One should develop the right attitude and have the ability to combine the attitude with knowledge on how to deal with different situations.

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