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The Importance of Maintaining a Patients’ Dignity
Naomi L. Coleman
Grand Canyon University: NRS-433V
November 4, 2012

The Importance of Maintaining a Patients’ Dignity
Dignity is defined as bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect or appreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion or situation. One of the most important aspects of nursing care is to maintain a patient’s dignity while caring for that patient. This is a very important part of cultivating respect between the healthcare professional and the patient. It allows the patient to maintain their privacy both emotionally and physically. Little things included in a nurse’s care to their patient like knocking on a door before entering or closing the door when a patient is dressing really means a lot to a patient and helps him or her to gain trust in the nurse or other healthcare professional. The article discussed in this report conducted research on an education initiative in the UK which was comprised of visual metaphors. The metaphors allowed for reflection among the staff in this research program and included concepts like indignation represented in research studies previously done. Also included in the metaphors were subjects where patients were ignored, breach of privacy, and patients who had been patronized. . The purpose of this study was to raise the nurse’s awareness of certain behaviors that led to the patient’s dignity being compromised. Maintaining a patient’s dignity is significant to nursing care because it is a nurse’s responsibility to advocate for their patient and this includes respecting their patient. A nurse’s behavior plays an important role in upholding dignity and privacy. The objective of this study was to show how nurses’ behavior affects the outcome of conserving a patient’s dignity. There have been other studies which focused on certain behaviors that compromised a patient’s dignity. These behaviors included:...
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