James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day

Published by Cornell University Press

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780801451683
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780801467653

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In this chapter, the author talks about the kind of caring provided by nurses to patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). He begins by discussing how nursing as a profession has tried to separate itself from medicine, citing the self-care theory advanced by Dorothea Orem, and goes on to consider the philosophy of caring developed by Jean Watson in the 1970s. He also explains empathy and caring as the cornerstones of nursing and Watson's identification of ten “carative” factors: attentive listening, comforting, honesty, patience, responsibility, providing information, touch, sensitivity, respect, and calling the patient by name. The author concludes by commenting on the question of survival from critical illness and suggests that nurses treat patients medically in a different way, and not in a way different from that of medicine.

Keywords: caring; nurses; patients; intensive care unit; nursing; medicine; self-care theory; Jean Watson; empathy; critical illness

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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