the ethos of nursing

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Overview of what nursing is and what a profession is

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CHARACTERISTICS OF NURSING AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE : 

CHARACTERISTICS OF NURSING AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE BY ROSEMARY PALMER RN, RM, BSc Hons(Sport science & administration) ADM

DEFINITION of ETHOS : 

DEFINITION of ETHOS A GUIDE TO THE THE MEANING, CHARACTERISTICS, DISPOSITION: The study of the nature, social foundations, philosophy, theories, history, law ,composition, role, ethics and social relationships of nursing. EACH section is a specific area of study in ‘Nursing” Nursing evolved from a human need- health & illness Societal rules developed early on for the preservation of the species Care of individuals and families to attain and maintain health life long A science and art

ETHOS UNDERPINNING : 

ETHOS UNDERPINNING ETHICAL BASIS PHILOSOPHY THEORY QUALITY OF PRACTICE ETHOS

ETHOS v HISTORY : 

ETHOS v HISTORY NURSING ETHOS AND HISTORY: history is not ethos and ethos is not nursing. History does however influence ethos. Nursing ethos & nursing history is the manifestation of the interaction of societal dynamics and the dynamics of nursing itself. ETHOS a combined study of: nature social foundations philosophy theories roles laws history ethics social relationships composition PERTAINING TO NURSING.

PROFESSIONAL NURSING ETHOS : 

PROFESSIONAL NURSING ETHOS Must have specialized knowledge and its applications Must have specialized education Must have examinations to demonstrate competence Must have register/ roll Must have rules for entry into register Entry into register is not permanent Community must recognize specialist knowledge etc Must have an association/ watchdog/ standards setter Autonomous control Laws to cover profession & legally recognized Accountability Ethics/ rules/ regulations Protected title /insignia

THREATS TO ETHOS : 

THREATS TO ETHOS Can be undermined by: Task orientated care Pressure & confusion as to nurse role Cost conscious situations Increase and specialization of healthcare categories Too many ‘nursing’ categories e.g. EN, ENA ODA technology

PURPOSE-WHAT IS NURSING? : 

PURPOSE-WHAT IS NURSING? To promote and maintain health To care for people when their health in compromised To assist recovery To facilitate independence To meet needs To improve/ maintain well being & quality of health.

CHARACTERISTICS OF NURSING: : 

CHARACTERISTICS OF NURSING: Has a particular purpose –to promote healing, growth, development, prevent disease illness or injury. Minimize distress & suffering. Educate people to understand & cope with their illness & treatments. To give the best quality of life until death. A particular mode of intervention – empowering people, helping them to achieve, maintain & recover independence. Identification of nursing needs. Advocacy. Also includes management teaching policy & knowledge development.

cont : 

cont A particular domain – peoples unique responses to illness, health, disability, frailty within their context. Responses may be psycho-social, biological, cultural r spiritual. A particular focus – the whole person and the whole human response. A particular value base – ethical values respecting autonomy, dignity, individuality, personal accountability, the unique nurse-patient relationship,. Expressed in written codes of ethics and supported by professional regulation. A commitment to partnership – patients, relatives, carers, other health professionals. Co-ordinator, leader, team player. Always accountable for own actions & decisions.

DEFINING NURSING : 

DEFINING NURSING

Why is a definition for nursing needed? : 

Why is a definition for nursing needed? To put a framework on a profession that can be observed by all – a model (see professional definition) Can only set standards of practice once there is a clear framework of what nursing is. Gives status and relationship with other health professions

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