While nurses can be found all around the world, they are viewed differently from person to person. These views vary on everything from their responsibilities and job descriptions, to their value and the important role they play in their patients medical care. After 10 years of working with nurses, my views have changed multiple times. In the following definitions, I will explain my current views on these important concepts in nursing and their connections to a persons health.
Nursing concept of person
The concept of person encompasses many more things than just the individual patient. Person covers all aspects of physiological and psychological being, just as I believe a person is made up of their experiences, emotions, physical body and environment, all of these aspects effect a patients care. In order to understand the concept of person, as it applies to patient care, a nurse must strive to understand the full range of patient needs. One of these needs is emotional, which can mean dealing with family issues or changes in a patients perception of their own limitations and body image. The nurse must also understand the patient physical condition, which some illnesses may cause actual disability in a patient while some may only cause perceived disability by a patient. Nurses care for both emotional and physical well being of a patient, as they are interconnected and a healthy balance needs to be found to encourage health.
Nursing concept of environment
A patients environment is made up of both the physical surroundings that they exist in as well as the emotional environment they exist in. An environment can effect a persons health is many ways. Being in a clean, well ventilated area with appropriate temperature and resting conditions can aid in a patients healing just as being in a dirty or noisy area can delay it. Their emotional state of existence, also plays an important role. A patient who is living in a world of stress or turmoil can have difficulty concentrating on their health needs, plus the strain of their emotional problems can cause further complications with their health and recovery.
Nursing concept of health
Health is not a definite state, but a perceived one. While most health organizations have researched standards which they base a patients health on, such as blood pressure parameters and healthy levels in lab tests, each individual has their own definition for what health means. Nurses need to understand what their patients understanding of health is. While some patients could see themselves as...