Through shared leadership and intelligent use of resources, the nursing team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center delivers safe, patient first care, utilizing compassion, knowledge and skill.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center is nationally recognized as a premier nursing organization, renown for innovations in achieving optimal patient care outcomes and for exemplary workforce development.
The Nursing Caring Council at MedStar Washington Hospital Center selected a nursing theory that incorporated the SPIRIT values and patient first philosophy of MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
The Theory of Human Caring, developed by Jean Watson, PhD, RN, HN-BC, FAAN, is utilized by all nurses at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. It's nurturing and holistic approach to patient care optimizes the patient experience while providing a rewarding relationship between nurse and patient. The nurses' role is one of both caring and healing, allowing the use of highly competent and technical skills to be delivered in a caring manner.
In caring for the patient, the nurse establishes a relationship with the patient. This relationship is demonstrated by the "caring moment." In the caring moment, the nurse and the patient's spirits are connected. The nurse is able to identify with the patient, and may relate his or her dilemma with personal life experience.
The theoretical framework is further defined by the ten "carative" factors, or caritas processes. They are the core framework for nursing practice.
Ten Caritas Processes
(Adapted from Resurrection Health)
- Practice loving kindness
- Instill faith and hope
- Nurture individual spiritual beliefs and practices
- Develop helping and trusting relationships
- Promote and accept the expression of feelings
- Use creative scientific problem solving methods for decision making
- Teaching and learning addresses individual needs
- Create a healing environment
- Assist with physical emotional and spiritual human needs
- Allow room for miracles
The Caring Council identified three key behaviors that nursing can use to demonstrate the Theory of Caring. The three behaviors are identified below, with examples of how to put these behaviors into practice.
- Honor humanity
- Assist with basic needs reverently and respectfully
- Practice common courtesy
- Caring connection
- Establish a caring rapport with your patients and families
- Respect co-workers
- Practice caring language
- Authentic presence
- Have an authentic presence when interacting with others
- Breathe deeply and clear your mind
- Relax your body