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Running head: PROFESSI0NAL PRESENCE IN NURSING1Professional Presence in NursingTara GarofaloWestern Governors University
Professional Presence in Nursing 2Professional Presence in Nursing In this paper, I will discuss the differences between the two models of healing and how one of them relates to my thinking and focus in my nursing career. I will also address my Jung personality test results. I will compare my results with my actual personality. I will also discuss what it means to be a mindful nurse and how professional presence can affect my patients and myself. I will lay-out goals for myself to help me become a more “whole” person and give examples of how I plan to achieve those goals. In conclusion, I will discuss what an optimal healing environment (OHE) is and how I can help my current work environment become a betterOHE.Models of Health and HealingWhencomparing two out of the three models of health and healing as they relate to what it means to be human, I have decided to compare Era 1and Era 3. Era 1 came about around the 1860s and started to incorporate science into treatment. The illness was treated as a complete physical symptom. The mind and spirit had no consideration in this era. When it came to treatment, only the issue was treated and not the underlying cause. If it was broken, it was just taken out.In the most recent era, Era 3, reasoning that healing encompasses the mind, body, and spirit was adopted. By encompassing the body as a whole being and not just the physical aspect of the illness, they incorporate the healing of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects. By encompassing those four aspects, I feel that Era 3 coincides the most to what it means to be human. When it comes to Era 1, my beliefs greatly differ from this way of thinking. My thinking
Professional Presence in Nursing 3aligns more with Era 3. As a Labor and Delivery nurse, I do not agree with just treating the mainissue and ignoring the underlying issues. I believe that the person should be treated with all aspects addressed. Just treating the “main diagnosis” could do a huge injustice to my patient especially when they have precious cargo on board. I deal with high-risk OB, and we get many sick moms. When we have a severe pre-eclamptic patient, treating the emotional and mental aspects can help with their physical symptoms also. For example, having the patient play soothing sound or music or using aromatherapy creates a calming effect. Sometimes just the use of gentle touch can help relax patients and lower their blood pressures. Models and Professional PresenceProfessional presence is the awareness of your personality, thoughts, experiences, and beliefs and how they can influence and affect the care of your patients. A nurse who was raised Catholic and was taught that abortion is wrong may treat a patient who has had an abortion in thepast differently from her other patients without even realizing it. And as nurses, we need to be mindful of those things when dealing with patients.