Dignity in care is one of the most important aspects of care a nursing professional will ever become experienced in. Care users and their loved ones often look to their carers as a unique supporting member of their family.
Providing complete care for vulnerable people requires a responsible and conscientious mindset. Caring for an individual not only takes into account their physical health, but their mental well-being and morale too.
There are countless studies on the benefits good morale has on recovery and health. Aside from this, dignity in care should be a priority for all care professionals as it ensures all patients are treated with respect.
Student editor of the Nursing Times Mikey Whitehead wrote a poignant piece on dignity in care last month, and it poses the question: do all patients get treated with the same level of emotional care?
Here is an excerpt from his piece.
“…there have been times where it was just “assumed” that patients who have sustained certain injuries (particularly head injuries, such as stroke) were unaware of what was being said around them. Sometimes this is the case, but often I would wager that patients such as these are aware of what’s going on more than we give them credit for.
It is especially tough to do the right thing if it means speaking out against qualified staff.
In my first year of nursing as a HCA I was looking after an older patient in the final stages of her life. I held her hand while I watched her life slowly slipping away from her. It was a serene and quiet moment, it was very sacred in it’s nature and I was finding it quite difficult to deal with, but I was determined to get it right. Then all of a sudden, a young nurse burst in through the curtains and enquired quite loudly, “Is she dead yet?”
Through my experience, I believe that might have been the very last thing she heard.”
From this personal anecdote it is clear to see how important personal relationships are with patients and care users, no matter the situation.
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