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Reflecting on these theories has made me realize that they play an integral part in my professional practice and are at the core of everything I do when caring for patients. Whenever I place a patient on oxygen, I make sure it is humidified so it will not dry out the patient and if they are on high flow oxygen or a ventilator, I always make sure the oxygen is heated to an appropriate temperature so that it doesn’t not cool the patient. Since I work mostly nights preventing unnecessary noise is a very important thing to me to help in patient’s recovery and I put this into practice by turning off the monitor display in their room, keeping doors closed if appropriate and lowering the lights on the unit to help remind people to be quiet. As far as making sure that patients get exposure to light while hospitalized if I work a day shift, I like to open the blinds in my patient’s room and after doing this my patients usually acknowledge that it makes them feel better. Cleanliness is something that is very important to me and I always like to make sure my patient’s room are neat and tidy, they have been bathed and have fresh bed linens. It always surprises me how much better patients feel when they get cleaned up, have fresh linens and a clean room. I avoid any chattering hopes and advices by giving my patients factual and accurate information about their condition and prognosis so that they can
C304 PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY4make informed decisions about their healthcare. I try to offer variety to my patients by making them aware of the entertainment options my hospital has available like on-demand movies, pet therapy visits and pastoral care visits. Another way I sometimes introduce variety is offering to take the patient for a short walk outside to get fresh air anda change of scenery for a little while. B.Historical Nursing Figures Florence Nightingale’s contribution to the field of nursing was transformative and improved the care of patients because it brought attention to how the environment a patient iscared in affects their recovery. Likewise, Jean Watson’s theory on human caring changed the way we look at interpersonal relationships and how they affect the healing process in patients. The contributions of these two historical figures are very different since Nightingale was focused on the environment a patient is cared for in and Watson focused on how relationshipsthe patient has affect their healing and wellbeing. Although these contributions focus on different areas one place that they overlap is treating a patient with dignity and not minimizing their illness, if a nurse were to do this and the patient found out they would lose faith in the nurse and that interpersonal relationship they developed. Also, if the nurse were to engage in this type of behavior, they would be engaging in what Nightingale described as chattering hopes and advices.