Relational Work Beyond the Nurse - Patient Dyad Persuasive Essay by Quality Writers

Relational Work Beyond the Nurse - Patient Dyad
An examination of the various roles that nurses play and their relationships with patients, family and doctors.
# 101362 | 1,185 words | 4 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 25, 2008 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper discusses relational work beyond the nurse - patient dyad and how this affects professional relationships and provision of care. It explains that the primary duty of the nurse to put the needs of the patient first and foremost. The paper also looks at how collaboration and leadership are roles that transcend the nurse-patient dyad and are subject to different dynamics in that the nurse deals with peers and other professional that are, unlike the patient, transient in the hospital setting. The paper shows that from the ill-perceived role of the nurse performing mundane tasks for physicians more than half a century ago, the establishment of nursing as a distinct pillar in the health care system to the hybridization of the practice of both nursing and medicine, it is still to be determined what non-clinical roles may arise in the future health care system.


From the Paper:

"The different duties and responsibilities of the nurse are impossible to relegate to any one role. She may collaborate with an attending physician one moment and be expected to comfort a patient and family the next. One particular set of roles involve relating to colleagues and other health care professionals. These roles are different from nurse-patient roles in that they involve unique social dynamics inherent to any health care system."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • DiPalma, C. (2004). Power at work: navigating hierarchies, teamwork and webs. Journal of Medical Humanities, 25(4), 291-308
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  • Nelson, S. & Gordon, S. (Eds.). (2006). Complexities of Care: Nursing Revisited. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

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