Nursing is defined by caring. At Redlands Community Hospital, nursing has embraced the theory of Jean Watson’s Caring Science. Caring Science helps us to embrace the positive energy that flows from an integrated mind, body and spirit and is mutually rewarding to both the patient and the nurse. Forged by the vision of Florence Nightingale who asserted that the “role of a nurse is to put her patient in the best position to be able to self-heal”, nurses are optimally positioned to be the heart of healing. By actively engaging in caring through authentic presence and intentionality, the nurse is able to optimize her patient’s ability to heal from within.
How do we as nurses maintain emotional sensitivity and caring attitudes in an over-stressed and demanding workplace? Jean Watson contends that caring regenerates life energies and potentiates our capabilities. The benefits are immeasurable and promote self-actualization on both a personal and professional level. Caring is a mutually beneficial experience for both the patient and the nurse, as well as between all health team members. In addition, it is important to remember that Watson emphasizes that we must care for ourselves to be able to care for others; self-healing is a necessary process for rejuvenating our energy reserves and replenishing our spiritual bank.
Be the difference that makes the difference. It’s what you say and do, and how you say and do it. Caring, safeguards and affirms our humanity. It unveils our true thoughts, feelings, and attitudes and allows us to live more authentically in our relationships. Caring improves patient outcomes and customer satisfaction. It is contagious and infuses caring-energy into others. It invokes awareness and intuition. It is positive and inspirational. It is the wonder-glue of enduring relationships and human connectedness. Caring is what makes Redlands Community Hospital a special place!
- Excerpt from 2011 Nurses’ Day Celebration
Lauren Spilsbury, RN, MSN