week 2.docx - Caring is a central concept to nursing and has been since the beginning of the profession Focus on quality safe and cost effective care is

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Caring is a central concept to nursing and has been since the beginning of the profession. Focus on quality, safe, and cost- effective care is paramount to the 21st-century healthcare delivery system. Although nurses must certainly be knowledgeable about how disease physiologically affects the patient; it is important to care for the whole person and not just a diagnosis or piece of equipment. Holistic care expands beyond the physiological aspects of health (illness and/or disease) and incorporates additional psychological, sociological, developmental, spiritual, and cultural aspects. Also, included in holistic care are environmental and economic factors. Holistic care is a philosophy; it's a method to ensure care for all parts of the patient. Holistic nurses are those who recognize and treat each individual as a unique human being connected to family and community (Papathanasiou, Sklavou, & Kourkouta, 2013). Holistic nursing moves the nurse mindset from linear, task-oriented practices to complex and multidimensional care in any healthcare setting. Holistic nursing also encourages nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in their lives. Hence, holistic approaches to person-centered care leads to better outcomes of patient care and improved nurse satisfaction with their own professional endeavors. The Master of Nursing Education programs at Chamberlain College of Nursing are guided by a holistic health, person-centered, care-focused framework (CCN, 2017). Caring is influenced by the nurse's knowledge, skills, and attitudes formed through lifelong learning and experiences. This week's topic is centered on the concept of caring in contemporary nursing practice. In your initial response, provide a definition of caring that aligns with your perspective on the concept of caring. Identify your selected program of study specialty track (Executive, Education, FNP, Healthcare Policy, or Nursing Informatics). Describe how you will apply the principles of caring and holistic nursing in your future professional practice. Use at least one outside scholarly article to support your position. Provide an example to illustrate an application to professional practice.

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