Caring Moment

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Through time the needs to be a nurse and the definition of nursing has changed slightly through time. The one characteristic that seems to be consistent through time is a nurse should be caring. Jean Watson incorporated a theory- The Theory of Human Caring. Watson (2002) developed a theory in which nursing is centered around helping the patient achieve a higher degree of harmony within mind, body, soul, and this harmony is achieved through caring transactions involving a transpersonal caring relationship. According to Watson, caring consists of carative factors that result in the satisfaction of certain human needs. All of these factors are the related to the basis of caring in which effective caring promotes health and individual or family growth ("Jean Watson's Philosophy Of Nursing", N.D). Watsons Transpersonal Caring Relationship describes how the nurse goes beyond their routine assessment, but expresses concerns toward the persons deeper meaning in correlation to their own health care experience. The nurse’s caring awareness becomes crucial for the connection and understanding of the person’s perspective. The feelings that are attached to nursing are endless. Constantly meeting new people from different life stories as well as getting to know them as well as their families not only as a patient but a person with their own uniqueness. Every day at work I always try to pick out one thing I will remember about one person, whether it be their eye color, their job, their family interaction, or just something that will set them apart from the other “patients.” There are then of course those patients that you just have a connection with and you seem to remember everything about them, as if they are a part of your life, even though not here physically but their memories do live on. My first week on my own as a nurse after orientation, I was blessed to have met J.S. He was a man that has served in the Navy and his wife has told many stories from World War II and...
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