I’m here to state out loud that patients, society, healthcare, and, most of all, nurses need more authentic caring events in healthcare.
It is within nursing and nurses to be the providers of authentic caring.
Caring science is rich with research and knowledge of the dimensions of caring.
Nurses come with the desire.
Nursing schools introduce authentic caring.
But, its development, acknowledgement and support virtually suspend upon entering employment in the healthcare system.
From there, nurses are on their own in developing their individual authentic caring skills.
There are several reasons that the drive to help nurses develop authentic caring has not been touched:
- How to develop authentic caring on a collective level is not well understood by nurse educators or leaders
- Administrative nursing leaders are consumed by other competing priorities
- Nurses are too distracted and consumed by their empirics learning curves and practice demands to think of authentic caring as a realistic option in their work settings
- Nurses do not think it is possible to increase the frequency of authentic caring in their current practice
- Nurses blame the healthcare system and its leaders for not allowing authentic caring to occur
- Nurses do not understand that the mechanism for development of authentic caring involves personal nursing knowledge development
- Nurses do not know that the mechanism for authentic caring development is within themselves and is dependent on them, and only them
- Nurse leaders do not acknowledge the critical importance of authentic caring in nursing practice
- Nurse leaders have not caught onto the fact that authentic caring is the soul of nursing and that they have a role in supporting it in practice
- Nurse leaders have not caught onto the relationship between the more authentic caring that occurs, the higher nurse satisfaction there is, the higher patient satisfaction there is, and the less turnover, burnout and attrition
- And other healthcare leaders outside of nursing have seen glimpses of authentic caring, but don’t understand its nature or importance
this is not all nurses,
and not all nurse educators,
and not all nurse leaders,
and not all organizations……