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Although compassionate care giving stands out as an accepted social responsibility of the nurses, the practice defies professional ethics and requirements for health workers. This essay explores compassion fatigue form a processional and ethical perspective.
Nurses and other caregivers often find themselves in a dilemma concerning the care they need to give to patients and their own welfare. Although health workers have a good understanding on the nature of human body its needs for rest and healthy lifestyles, they are bound by social and professional responsibilities (Joinson, 2007). Such responsibilities force them to neglect their personal needs.
Although compassion fatigue is a major problem among health workers, most health professionals overlook the problem. According to Kottler (2005), the main reason why nurses overlook compassion fatigue is that they have become used to the problem making them to compromise with the fatigue. An interview conducted on nurses working in California hospital established that most nurses used medication to make them stay awake for long hours. The survey also established that most nurses had irregular sleeping periods due to workload or a desire to offer compassion services for their patients. This indicates that health workers need to have a concrete background on compassion fatigue symptoms. Compassion fatigue symptoms are identical to those of posttraumatic stress. Unlike posttraumatic stress, compassion fatigue symptoms are based on trauma. This indicates that they have a direct impact on the patient’s life and that the impacts can be demonstrated readily by their performance and behavior (Kottler, 2005). The basic concepts of compassion fatigue are emotional, cognitive, spiritual somatic and behavior. These concepts translate into symptoms and warning signs that characterize the condition. Standard
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Enquiry-based learning is the standard model for investigating the various ways by which students can learn to solve issues and problems. It helps them to establish critical nursing skills after analyzing events. These skills would be beneficial for students in ensuring that they would be incorporated well into the clinical practice.
The author states that nurses are aware that every one has a spiritual dimension to their persona. Even those who would claim to not believe in God under any name have a spiritual space inside. In many cases though those same nurses find themselves unable to respond to these needs and do not know where to turn to for help.
Spiritual refers to anything that is not material in nature. All the qualities that make up a human being – aptitude, gentleness, imaginative, and so on – are non-objective in nature. Even whatever human beings seek to get are non-physical, for example love and happiness.
Spirituality within the realm of healthcare is a very delicate subject. Ultimately, the role of the healthcare professional is to administer to the physical and psychological help of patient. Maximizing these two aspects of health and promoting a better quality of life for the patient is the ultimate expectation and job requirements for the healthcare professional.
Religious philosophy dates back during the early church era and promoted during the 1920’s. It involves historical reality and nature in which relationship between faith and reason is tackled. Looking closely, it deals with the nature of human logic and its limitations when it comes to faith and religion and more importantly in the historical context of religious practice and development (Howell).
The world has witnessed a plethora of epics and novels since the ancient times — of the Egyptian Old Kingdom, Persia, or India. The records from all these countries are crude, impersonal, stereotyped by comparison. One such epic titled- The Epic of Gilgamesh dates from the beginnings of civilization in Mesopotamia.
ntias, stroke, and diabetes mellitus (Gray & Scott, 2003) whereas children suffers from mostly from asthma and eczema aside from ear and nervous system diseases (Isaacs & Sewell, 2003).
Even though the existence of degenerative chronic illnesses between the age of 25 to 44
study conducted by Seaman, Durbin & Seaman, (2003), demonstrated the initial progress in the establishment of clinically approved instruments for assessing spiritual distress in nursing elderly patients. An assessment concerning spirituality was conducted on patients where