The definitions of nursing’s metaparadigm are the concepts nurses illustrate which contribute toward their profession domain. These concepts are disciplines that guide nurses to provide care on a deeper level and allow one to be more connected with their nursing practice. An example of this is viewing patients holistically which is considering all the factors that have leaded them to illness.
According to Kay Kittrell Chitty “nurses recognize that human beings are complex organisms with physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural components---all of which affect how a person responds when ill.” In other words a nurse should never look at an ill individual as just a patient. Instead provide essential treatment considering all aspects of the patient’s life surrounding their illness. Incorporating the patient’s sociocultural, spiritual, and psychological dimensions will give the nurse a more vivid representation about the patient. As a result the care plan will be created towards fulfilling such needs.
Another metaparadigm is illness. Without illness there would not be a healthcare profession. Illness is defined differently by everyone. One can see illness as having the absence of disease. Another person with a disease may view illness as suffering from the effects on the body, such as feeling pain. On the days when the feeling of pain is tolerable one may view them self as being free of illness. Illness has five stages. The first stage is disbelief and denial. If a doctor were to tell a woman she had breast cancer and that she would lose her breast, this women will experience the first stage of illness. This woman will then feel anger. She might question herself why this happened to her. When she cannot find the answer to her question it leads to the second stage of illness; anger and irritability. This anger can be directed to anyone such as her care provider, loved ones, or even her religion. Now...
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