Patient-centered care is defined as the care involving knowledge of the individual, their family, and friends to help in assessing the needs and planning for the patient’s care. Patient-centered care involves respecting patients by involving them and their families in the decision-making process for matters relating to their health (Santana et al., 2018). It is, therefore, essential for nurses to embrace patient-centered care. The concepts discussed in this week’s reading are very useful in the life of every nursing practitioner. In my future nursing career, I will apply holistic nursing by providing care to patients across all dimensions of health and wellness. These dimensions may include emotional, environmental, mental, and spiritual health.
I will utilize cultural humility by recognizing patients from different cultures and cultural perspectives. I will build my skills to ensure I use appropriate cultural approaches in my health. Nursing professionals ought to use self-reflection in their nursing practices. I will apply self-reflection to examine my professional practice and clinical actions and compare them with the best-practice recommendations.
Health has been experiencing many changes that affect how patient-centered care is implemented. Various models have been developed to enabling nurses to change how they offer their care. These models encourage nurses to respect and engage patients in the making of decisions. Nurses have to apply all the required concepts to enhance the healing process of the individual. The changes have enabled nurses to focus on promoting the patient’s healing and wellness process.
Holistic nursing mostly resonates with me because it focuses on building relationships with the patients to enhance their health and wellness. It is an essential concept that requires the nurses to recognize the needs of the patients by respectfully engaging them in the provision of care. Therefore, holistic care is pertinent to any health care setting.
The concept of cultural humility will require me to explore as many cultural backgrounds as possible. Understanding various backgrounds will allow me to understand how different cultural beliefs, attitudes, and experiences can influence the quality of care to patients. It will help nurses to provide a better care to their patients.
Santana, M. J., Manalili, K., Jolley, R. J., Zelinsky, S., Quan, H., & Lu, M. (2018). How to practice person-centred care: A conceptual framework. Health Expectations, 21(2), 429-440. Web.