Asthma and Client-Centered Care
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This paper explains that, from the standpoint of the author who is an asthmatic, the very first nursing action when dealing with someone suffering from an asthma attack should involve empathy for the patient. The author points out that the nurse's goals for asthma management are the prevention or reduction of attacks, patient education, maintaining normal activity levels for the patient and improving quality of life. The paper relates that, because asthma is a chronic illness, self-care, in which the patient decides the degree and quality of participation in her care, is a very important element in asthma management. The author states that nurses tend to error by seeing the individual as a passive patient and by agreeing only to the idea of self-management if it is a matter of collaboration with the nurse. The paper stresses that the most effective form of self-management is self-agency, which often includes activities with which nurses do not agree such as adjusting drug dosage.
From the Paper:"Wilson and Kendall (2006) found from their own study that nurses felt very uncomfortable with the idea of clients as experts for their own lives. The general interpretation by nurses of this concept was that patients think they know better than the nurse. Even though nurses no longer view themselves as expert, many of them feel that patients with asthma are too influenced by the information they receive from the Internet (Wilson & Kendall, 2006). It was mentioned to me that I thought I knew it all. Many nurses are also fearful that if they agree to let the patient be expert, then they will be accountable for the patient's actions and will be liable to lawsuits."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Canadian Lung Association (2007). Asthma. Accessed March 14, 2007. http://www.lung.ca/diseases-maladies/asthma-asthme_e.php/
- Registered Nurses of Ontario (2005). Nursing best practice guidelines. Toronto: RNAO.
- Sims, J. (2006). An overview of asthma. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 25 (6), 264-268.
- Roberts, J. & Janson, S. (2004). Processes of Care for Individuals With Work Related Asthma. AAOHN, 52 (8), 327-337
- Wilson, P. & Kendall, S. (2006). Nurses' responses to expert patients: The rhetoric and reality of self-management in long-term conditions: A grounded theory study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43 (7), 803-818.
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