Nursing is a practice that has been broadening in nature due to the emergence of diverse healthcare cases, which denotes the need to develop and embrace different concepts of nursing. One of the resounding developments in the field of nursing is the embrace of nursing care at the family level. Different concepts have been developed in order to help capture the broader picture of the nursing profession. One critical concept in the enhancement of family nursing is the “nursing process”. Process refers to the chain of practices that are developed and embraced in family nursing and care giving exercise. It can be argued that the process, which is left out in the metaparadigms of nursing, is the main linkage factor for the four elements brought out in the metaparadigms of nursing (Schwab, Gelfman & Tirozzi, 2005).
Nursing entails the establishment and sustenance of relationships that are vital in aiding the ailing person to recover. First of all, there has to be a certain kind of trust that is established between the nurse and the patient, as well as the surrounding environment. In this case it is the people who are related to the patient being offered care by the family nurse practitioner. Even if the family nurse practitioner is offering services to his or her family, he or she must first establish a relationship with the ailing person in the family. The nature of the nursing process dictates the pace at which recovery is attained (Schwab, Gelfman & Tirozzi, 2005).
Nursing entails the deployment of certain standards that ensure that the healthcare needs of the patient are adhered to. Therefore, the issue of ethics also comes out as an important concept in the discharge of nursing services at the family level (Zerwekh & Claborn, 2004).
Nursing is a management exercise
Nursing is a management exercise, thus there is need to develop a professional framework that can guide the nurses and practitioners in the field to discharge their duties effectively. There are a substantial number of theories in the nursing field. These theories have been developed to aid in guiding research and practice by the researchers and nursing practitioners. Theories provide a basis on which the researchers in the field of nursing derive hypotheses. These culminate into further research and development of other nursing models that suit the contemporary nursing environment. As noted, nursing is a managerial function; therefore, the development of nursing management theories and models is a guiding factor as far as the discharge of duties by the nurses is concerned. Modern nursing practice is evolving and becoming diverse due to incorporation of the attributes of psychological management into the nursing profession. In this regard, psychological theories are also important in molding professional nurses as incorporated in nursing education.
One of the renowned theories in nursing is the Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. As a family nurse practitioner, the Watson’s theory offers insights into the perspectives of human care. The most vital part of the theory is its embrace of connectedness and unity as far as offering care is concerned. According to the theory, caring is a behavior that is developed by an individual. Therefore, this theory explains how the sets of behaviors that amount to the provision of nursing services at the family or communal level can be developed and sustained by an individual. In addition, the theory provides the ten most important carative factors. These factors can enhance the quality of a family nurse practice if followed strictly (Smith et al., 2013).
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