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By Claire Chambers, Elaine Ryder

'Compassion, in its many manifestations, is the major to rediscovering what lies on the center of nursing perform world wide. it's completely crucial that nurses begin to revisit compassion as a primary concentration for nursing practice...' This uncomplicated ebook adopts a patient-centred method of care. The difficult theories are grounded in useful functions, encouraging readers to recognize possibilities for swap of their day-by-day perform. The e-book specializes in six key ideas crucial to compassionate care: A*

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The patient in the case study rightly questions whether the students on the ward, who appear more caring, might become negatively influenced by this negative attitude towards caring or lack of caring. The following five themes are proposed by Swanson (1991) in relation to caring: knowing, being with, doing for, enabling, and maintaining belief. Other discussions of contemporary caring in healthcare include such terms as interest and concern, liking, giving care, compassion, and commitment (KimGodwin, et al.

Other discussions of contemporary caring in healthcare include such terms as interest and concern, liking, giving care, compassion, and commitment (KimGodwin, et al. 2001). The nurses on the ward in the case study do not appear to want to spend time with their patients, even when they are less busy. They also are rude, do not maintain confidentiality and actively humiliate patients in their care. We would suggest that if these nurses wanted to show the fact that they cared for their patients they would be: ➤ getting to know their patients; ➤ showing interest in them; ➤ liking, valuing and respecting them as people; ➤ wanting to spend time with them; ➤ wanting to ease their suffering by doing things for them; ➤ increasing their self-esteem and self-belief; ➤ empowering them to feel more in control; ➤ showing concern for them; ➤ being committed to giving them high quality care; ➤ acting in a compassionate manner.

During my last visit in February of last year I was told that each time I went to the toilet I had to use a bed pan so that any ‘product’ could be collected. During the course of the afternoon I visited the toilet on three occasions as did another patient and at no time were the bed pans collected. When I mentioned it to a member of staff I was given to understand that I was making a fuss about something that could not be dealt with by very busy staff. On being discharged I had to complete a form that required the ‘mother’s signature’.

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