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The Concept of Caring

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The Concept of Caring


Thispaper aims at exploring, as well as offering a description of thevarious experiences that the medical personnel and relatives ofpatients encounter in different situations that involve caregiving.This study expounds on the different definition of the concept ofcaring in the nursing context. It relates the importance of the ideaof the nursing practice and examines how these two concepts can belinked. Care is the central theme in nursing, and both areintertwined. Improved care leads to better quality services andimproves the work performance of the nurses.

Itsummarizes the effectiveness of the caring concept not only in thenursing division but also by other professional caregivers around theworld. Likewise, this article addresses the various characteristicsof the idea of compassion and the significance of the properunderstanding of the concept in the health section.

Sincethe caring theory is a critical part towards achieving effectiveresults in the field, this paper also seeks to touch on the meansthrough which medical personnel has applied the concept and theimplications.

Characteristicsof caring

In the nursingcareer, the idea of caring is considered pivotal towards thedetermination of patient recovery course. Different healthinstitutions have different health policies and practices thatdetermine the types of activities and services that are available forthe patients. The patient’s satisfaction with the hospital servicesis mainly dependent on the kind of attention provided by the medicalprofessionals (Sargent, 2012). Negligence of adequate care oftenleads to poor clinical outcomes and low levels of popularity of ahealth organization.

Caring is asignificant pointer to the value of nursing in a health association.The due application of the rather complex notion in the nursingcareer has, however, not been easy. The concept of care in healthcareinvolves such practices as timely provision of medicine, moral andpsychological support to the patients and provision of adequatemedical facilities. This concept provides an evaluation backgroundfor the general performance of the staff in particular healthinstitutions. While many large hospitals may be classified to behaving poor health services, the smaller hospital and healthorganizations may be termed to have adequate care services. Thisvariation may be due to the number of patients and the strain on thestaff who limit their services to optimize their usage of time.

Othercharacteristics of caring as a core concept in the nursing professioninclude that its manifestation is dependent on the attention and thereflection of the issue in the whole process of education. Another isthe fact that it empowers medical students by enabling them to gainconfidence and helping them to acquire a caring attitude towardsother individuals (Holopainen, et al., 2014).

However, reducingthe complexities related to the caring idea, into a simplified butmeaningful concept, has acquired sovereignty over the alternativeapproach that the intricacy is not avoidable, and it is bothdesirable and acceptable (Sargent, 2012). Many health departments andgovernments have a continued recognition of the importance of theconcept of caring in the health settings. More resources are beingredirected towards the implementation of this concept and theminimization of the barriers that hinder the application of theconcept. These interventions include the purchase of the appropriatesupport equipment that would facilitate the provision of careservices among the patients.

Teaching the caringconcept to medical students serves an important role in granting anddeveloping caring attributes among the potential nurses (Labrague etal., 2015). It would ensure that the nurses can internalize theskills and concepts of caring from the initial stages and that theycan efficiently apply the theme in their practice. Teaching theconcepts in the nursing schools would assist the development of theidea into an independent discipline through the collection andanalysis of facts and data.


According toSalehian et al. (2016), caring guides and directs the performance ofnurses through any form of clinical practice. Besides that, theenvironment solely nurtures ethical principles. The caring conceptoffers performance guidelines for the nurses in their clinicalpractices. The idea of care is the central theme in healthcareprovision.

Themain reason for selecting this concept of caring is so as to be in aposition to enhance my understanding of the issue, as well as improvethat of other people.

This concept is asimportant as it is complicated, which prompted me to conduct a studyon the idea. The quality of health services is mainly dependent onthe nature of care provided to the patients. Therefore, there is theneed to explore the dimensions of care provided in the health sectorsas well as an assessment of the methods that can be used to improvethe quality of attention services. Thus, by conducting this researchmore light is shed on the need of incorporating caring skills in thenursing activities. The paper provides an insight to the medicalprofessionals as well as other caregivers on the significance ofemploying the concept in the daily operations.

There exists aninseparable link between nursing as a science and the element ofcare. Therefore, this paper also seeks to establish a permanentdialogue between the two fields (Levy‐Malmberg&amp Hilli, 2014 Lindberg et al., 2014). This study explores theconcept of care in nursing by providing various definitions that arecrucial in understanding the concept. It also provides insights intothe different dimensions of the concept, citing the applicability ofthe idea to various health settings. Nursing and the element of careare seen as parallel ideas, and a combination of the two factorswould result in enhanced healthcare services (Söderlund, 2013).


Despite the factthat a lot of research has been conducted concerning the significanceof the caring concept and introducing it in the course of education,there is no clear and precise definition of caring in nursing inliterature.

Salehian et al.(2016) presented the definition of caring in nursing in acomprehensive manner as a multi-faceted aspect which is expressed viathe links amid nurses, amongst the nursing facility and the nursingapprentices, between scholars and patients as well as amid nursinglearners(Salehian et al., 2016). These links extend to as far as thenursing facilities go and they often reach to the nursing students.The interconnections extend to the outside of the nursing facilities,where they link the scholars, the patients and the students outsidethe particular health centers. The comprehensive nature of thisexplanation makes it difficult to develop a more precise description.This study is important as it assists the researcher to identify thevarious stakeholders in the nursing sector, whose useful contributionwould lead to improved care in the health facilities.

According to Ranheimet al., (2012), philosophers define caring as the art of having thenecessary ontological dimensions of being. Further, they believe thatcaring entails taking care of the patients, providing physical thingsand solving the situation at hand. This whole process makes the lifeof the patients easier and alleviates the suffering of the people.This analysis provides a conceptual framework as well as ideas thatare relevant in constructing a comprehensive definition of theconcept of care. The philosophical insight is a crucial component intrying to develop any theory or idea in nursing.

Caring is a means ofalleviating suffering (Söderlund, 2013). Various literature worksexist on the concept of caring about healing. Many benefits come fromcaregiving among them alleviation of suffering in differentsituations. To alleviate suffering, however, the nurses, nursingpatients, as well as patients in any medical facility, need tounderstand the relationship of the concept of nursing as a sciencedeeply. More so, it is mandatory for them to understand theirspecific roles in the same. Knowledge of theory acts as additionalmotivation to health professionals for them to duly reflect on whatthey do. In an attempt to examine the lived experiences of nurses andpatients in caregiving a context, researchers conducted a reanalysis(Söderlund, 2013).

Reanalysis wascarried out by triangulation of various approaches includingphenomenological and hermeneutical methods. The research revealedthat the nurses’ experience in caring differed depending on yearsof working, gender and the environments under which they wereworking. Overly, Söderlund, (2013) further explains that caregivingimpacts the patients’ fear of possible medical operations. Thiswork provides the researcher with adequate information about thenature of the nursing practice as a science and how the idea ofattention fits in the discipline. The study proposes techniques thatif adequately used would enhance the quality of healthcare. Thefindings of this analysis were that having information about theconcept provided an added advantage for the health workers as theycould have a basis of reflecting on their actions.

According to Ranheimet al., (2012), caring is a humanistic science. Additionally, caringis the core foundation of all questions that in the nursingprofession. After the study on the approach of caring on nursing, thefindings indicated that there exists a deep connection between thetheory of caring and nursing as a science. The interconnectednessbetween the two came out as a continually evolving concept withaccompanied increment in efficacy. Professional caring incorporatesother social aspects like esthetical and ethical issues. Overly, theresearch proved that caring and the nursing professions areinseparable.

According toHolopainen, Kasén &amp Nyström (2014), care entails the presence,recognition, and mutuality of an encounter. When these tenets arefulfilled in a collision, care can be realized. According to thestudy, the challenge is creating these encounters within the nursingcontext. The work reflects on the meaning of the concept of care,filling a gap often left by many researchers who do not define theconcept.

Sargent (2012)states that caring is more of a fluid and contingent discourse innursing than the thematic guideline that provides a new picture fornursing studies in caring research. The study follows apost-structuralism perspective and efficiently provides severaldefinitions from nursing literature and analytical approaches thatcould be helpful for both the nursing practitioners and nursingeducation.

According to theresearch by Levy &amp Hilli (2014), caring is a distinct compositionof pure knowledge that provides a substantial ground for effectingevents as a process develops. The study concludes that Caring maypromote the educational goals and facilitate a different type ofassessment for medical services. Therefore, the concept has thepotential of transforming the operations of the health facilities.

In their study,Lindberg, Fagerström, Sivberg &amp Willman (2014) define patientautonomy, in a caring context, as the gradual reconstruction of anindividual’s capacity to act and take responsibility for theiractions. This work provides an experimental model that enables theunderstanding of the concepts in the care context, which is crucialfor the nurse practitioners.

Accordingto Labrague et al. (2015), the caring behaviors of the instructorsinfluence the nursing students positively. Hence the students wouldtry to emulate their tutors in practice. The study providesinformation on designing effective curriculum studies for thestudents through faculty and role modeling. Hence, the nursingstudents can develop the qualities of caring.

Application ofconcept in Advanced Practice Nurses (APN)

The knowledge ofthe caring concept and its connectedness to the nursing scienceenables them to make more informed decisions as they handle chronicillnesses among their patients. Additionally, the caring concept isapplied by APNs in the decision-making process. In NP practice,caring concept enables medical practitioners to relate well andidentify themselves with their suffering thus ensuring qualitytreatment. Moreover, in registered nurses (RN), the idea helps thenurse to connect well with the patients and take ultimate care ofthem.

Careand nursing are two intertwined concepts (Ranheim et al., 2012),while they can be viewed through various links between stakeholdersin the nursing field (Salehian et al., 2016). Care helps to alleviatesuffering (Söderlund, 2013) and it involves the presence,recognition, and mutuality of an encounter (Holopainen, Kasén &ampNyström, 2014). Caring entails a streamline and contingency ofactivities than a thematic guideline (Sargent, 2012) and is composedof pure knowledge (Levy &amp Hilli, 2014). The instructor’sbehavior can influence the nursing learner’s care practices(Labrague et al., 2015) that are crucial in the rebuilding of thepatient autonomy that is the patient’s abilities (Lindberg,Fagerström, Sivberg &amp Willman, 2014).


In summary, the keyissues addressed in the paper include the overall concept of caringin the nursing profession, the characteristics of the concept as wellas its significance in the health operations. Various authors holdthe view that the idea of caring should be taught in medical schoolsso as to instill the virtue to the future nurses. As such, once theycomplete school and finally become nurses, they will at a betterposition to perform better in their nursing operations.

Additionally,medical facilities should incorporate the virtue of caring in theirdaily relations with the patients.  


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Labrague, L. J., McEnroe‐Petitte,D. M., Papathanasiou, I. V., Edet, O. B., &amp Arulappan, J. (2015).Impact of Instructors’ Caring on Students’ Perceptions of TheirOwn Caring Behaviors. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(4),338-346.

Levy‐Malmberg, R., &ampHilli, Y. (2014). The enhancement of clinical competence throughcaring science. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences,28(4), 861-866.

Lindberg, C., Fagerström, C., Sivberg, B., &amp Willman, A. (2014).Concept analysis: patient autonomy in a caring context. Journal ofadvanced nursing, 70(10), 2208-2221.

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