Running head: PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND VALUES, TASK 1
PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND VALUES, TASK 1
Professional Roles and Values, Task 1
Western Governors University
Theory of Self-Care, Self-Care Deficits, and Nursing Systems by Dorothea Orem, 1971 states, “ When a client incurs an insult that renders him or her incapable of fully functioning, deficient self-care occurs, which makes nursing intervention necessary.” (Cherry & Jacob 2014, p. 83). This theory influences my values by helping me understand that with proper nursing intervention, I can positively affect my patient’s outcomes. My goal is to assist my patients to get to their baseline. This theory takes on a very special meaning for me because my father had a CVA when I was 17 years old and I witnessed him struggle with getting back to baseline.
Excellent Nursing Practice
Orem’s theory is used as a measure of nursing excellence in rehabilitation. When a person is ill or injured, many times, they are at risk of losing their ability to care for themselves. As a Registered Nurse, I am in a unique position to use this theory, which in my opinion, is the nursing process to guide my nursing interventions and the actions of my staff when helping my patients regain the self-care capabilities they have lost while ill or injured. I take great pride in working with rehab patients. My goal is to assist in getting them back to baseline.
Professional Practice Nursing Theory
I use Orem’s theory on a day to day basis in my job as a Registered Nurse in a Rehabilitation Center. When a patient has an insult, a care plan is developed to identify the patient’s deficits. In this care plan, there are interventions and measurable goals identified, thus, predicting the outcome of nursing interventions. All staff is required to use this Care Plan when working with the patient.
Contributions of 19th or 20th Century Historical Nursing Figures
Florence Nightingale’s environment theory suggests that maintaining a clean environment, free from unnecessary noise, along with fresh air, light, and appropriate diet will assist the patient in recovery. She also believed that staff should refrain from giving patient’s false hope of recovery. Florence Nightingale has inspired my nursing career in many ways. She was a pioneer in nursing research and analysis. I believe that thru research and analysis a nurse can continue to forward the profession of nursing.
Jean Watson’s theory of human caring suggests, “the transpersonal process between the patient and the nurse is a healing intervention” (Cherry & Jacob 2014 p. 84). With caring, the nurse can help the patient achieve balance and harmony of their mind, body, and soul. Jean Watson’s theory of transpersonal caring was introduced to me 15 years ago while in nursing school for my ADN. I believe this theory has influenced my nursing career the most. I believe that patients of a caring nurse can achieve better outcomes.