Nurses’ Care Giving and Skill
One of man’s most important inventions was the compass. A man on a journey may be able to travel far, but without clear direction, he is lost. Similarly, a nurse having skills without purpose is lost. To enumerate, acquiring knowledge and skills in doing something is quite different from practicing.
Caring as a Nursing Attribute
Evidently, a holistic approach to nursing is advocated for in the medicine field. Certainly, having medical skills is not sufficient enough without care for your patients and their families’ wellbeing. Caring enables the nurse to truly connect with the patient and help them in managing both their physical pain, as well as their emotional and psychological scars.
Notably, according to the definition of nursing, a nurse’s duty is to provide care to individuals so that they attain good health and a high quality of life. Firstly, Dr. Jean Watson developed a caring theory which states that nurses have to build a caring and trustworthy relationship with their patients. Basically, this enables the nurse to have an in-depth understanding of the patient’s disease due to their open and sincere conversation. In effect, this makes the nurse offer better treatment for the patient (Watson, 2001).
Skill in Nursing
Notably, having a specific skill alone is not enough to make a nurse an invaluable asset in the medical field. Importantly, soft skills such as communication, empathy, and negotiation are what enable a nurse to be outstanding in their duties. Firstly, a nurse is supposed to have effective communication skills. A nurse is an important link between the patient and the physician and is responsible for explaining to the patient and their families the options in front of them concerning diagnosis of a medical condition. With this in mind, if the nurse does not have a caring attribute in his/her job, he/she may not offer further counseling to provide emotional healing or relieve psychological trauma. In effect, such nursing care will not offer a holistic healing
Secondly, a nurse has to have flexibility as a skill. Nurses on a daily basis have loads of work, deal with patients and their families while at the same time lots of documentation and writing reports. In brief, a nurse needs to be on toes and always on the move. Consequently, he or she may not have sufficient time to attentively listen to all that the patient has to say (Tronto, 1993). Therefore, the nurse may possess the nursing skills but still loose the caring attribute needed to do his/her job efficiently. In addition, nurses need to be critical thinkers while assessing situations concerning treatment. However, nurses who analyze the situations at hand without showing care may not get all the facts. In contrast, a nurse who shows care rather than skill in his work may be able to get more information from the patient and properly diagnose the situation.
Furthermore, medicine is dynamic and nurses need to keep themselves abreast with the different techniques that are developing daily. Noteworthy, this ensures that their skills are always top-notch. Nonetheless, the use of skills without enforcing care may leave out important details concerning the patient’s medical history. For example, a skillful but uncaring nurse may overlook certain factors such as a patient’s allergic reaction to drugs since he/she did not mind to consult the patient on his/her medical preferences.
Skill and caring in the nursing profession are important. However, attaining skills and not having that connection with your patient may render the skills not efficient. Markedly, proper doctor-patient relationship increases trust and openness which ultimately leads to better treatment. Consequently, care in nursing is more important than skill.
Tronto, J. (1993). Moral boundaries: A political argument for an ethic of care. New York, NY: Routledge.
Watson, J. (2001). Jean Watson: Theory of human caring. In M.E. Parker (Ed.), Nursing theories and nursing practice (pp. 343-354). Philadelphia, PA: Davis Publisher.