Holistic Care Self-Assessment

Category 1: Thoughts and Beliefs on Holistic Care Principles

Question/StatementStrongly AgreePartly AgreeNeither Agree nor DisagreePartly DisagreeStrongly DisagreeWhy did you rate yourself the way you did?
The primary role of the nurse is to help patients care for their physical health.     As it is important to care for physical symptoms, it is also important to care for emotional and mental symptoms that might actually be causing the physical symptoms.
Cultural sensitivity is an important consideration with every patient encounter.     A part of providing quality care is to be mindful of our patient’s culture and beliefs.
Empathy and caring are necessary components of a healing nurse-patient relationship.     Hospital settings are highly overwhelming, being empathetic and caring while providing care for the patient helps greatly in fulfilling better outcomes.
To be an ‘instrument of healing,’ a nurse should integrate mind-body-spirit awareness into their personal as well as their professional lives.     Again, hospital setting is an overwhelming environment, even for staff. The nursing profession is one of the most stressful jobs, and even though our job is to care for our patients, but also we are supposed to keep reminding ourselves to practice self-care. Practicing self-care will not only help nurses maintain their sanity and health, but also it is important because it also minimize errors and mistakes caused by stress in the work environment.
A patient’s preferences should not influence the way in which the nurse carries out a doctor’s orders.     It should. As healthcare workers, we must always respect and understand patient’s wishes and advocate for them. I believe that care-plans have more effective outcomes when we include our patient’s preferences in making them. We must always explain available options to our patients, but also allow our patients to practice their autonomy and make decisions of their own.
Nursing care achieves its highest form when it stems from the desire to do good, not just to abide by laws or follow orders.     What is “good” is not always an available option, and might sometimes be illegal or might cause the nurse’s license to be revoked or suspended. I think that the “desire to do good” is there since the day a person chooses nursing as a career/profession, however, I believe that nursing care achieves its highest form when goals and outcomes are achieved and patient’s health is promoted.  
A patient can have many health challenges, but still achieve a state of wellness.     Wellness doesn’t necessarily mean that a patient is free from illness, in fact, in many cancer cases, patient’s get into a state of cancer remission where their symptoms are decreased or in some cases the symptoms even disappear, but that does not mean that their cancer is gone it only means that “it is controlled” The same goes for patients with diabetes or bipolar. Feeling better and “well” is not necessarily associated with diseases.
Holistic nursing requires paying attention to the environment in which healing is taking place.     I agree because I am thinking about a hospital setting and I am thinking of some spiritual practices which involves an open flame such as the example mentioned in class about lighting 25 candles, which would’ve been catastrophic. In cases like this, it is important to pay attention to such details that to prevent anything that would cause harm to others in general. I disagree because in other many other cases, patients choose to receive care at their home, and they might not even be receiving oxygen therapy, and lighting candles is not going to cause a catastrophic harm.
The use of alternative medicines should be discouraged for patients that are hospitalized.     I partially disagree because in a lot of cases alternative medicines interact with meds that are orderd for the patient, or might even cause adverse effects with the plan of care. If not, the patient should have the freedom to use it.
Health assessment should routinely include cultural and spiritual assessments, not just physical exams.     Assessing cultural, spiritual, and even social practices allows us to collect more information to understand the patient’s health.

Category 2: Confidence in Ability to Care for Diverse Populations

Question/StatementStrongly AgreePartly AgreeNeither Agree nor DisagreePartly DisagreeStrongly DisagreeWhy did you rate yourself the way you did?
I am confident in my ability to care for patients whose racial and ethnic backgrounds are different from my own.     As a Muslim senior nursing student from Saudi Arabia, I can say that the majority of patients I encountered come from different backgrounds from my own, and I have not found myself providing anything less than quality care and provided them the ultimate respect.
I am confident in my ability to care for patients who practice a different religion than I do.     Again, as a Muslim, I have encountered patients from different religions than Muslim patients, and I have not let that change anything about how I provided care for them.
I am confident in my ability to care for patients from the LGBTQ* community. *LGBTQ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer     Personally, I do not see why would that change the care that I would provide for patients who identify LGBTQ.
I am confident in my ability to care for patients that are from countries other than my own country of origin.     Again, as an international student, I have cared for patients from different countries more than I have for Saudis.
In all cases, I was able to provide quality care for my patients no matter where they came from.
I am confident in my ability to care for patients that are in a different lifespan/age bracket than my own.     I was able to tend and care for geriatric patients without any problems.
I am confident in my ability to care for patients diagnosed with mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders.     Due to virtual school, I have not had a chance to go to mental health clinic. Therefore, I have not yet encountered any patients with substance abuse disorder. However, I would expect to provide them with a patient centered care and tend for their symptoms. Throughout COVID vaccination clinics, where I worked as a vaccinator, I have vaccinated many patients with mental delays. It was a little bit more challenging for me to care for them, but I managed to maintain professional and empathetic when providing care, and I found it very helpful to cooperate with their caregivers. Even though caring for this population was more challenging than other populations, I was able to care for them with no problems.
I am confident in my ability to care for patients with a disability, or a hearing or visual impairment.     My grandfather had completely lost his vision and hearing the year before he passed. I am very familiar and confident with how to approach and communicate patient’s with such disabilities.
I am confident in my ability to tune in to my own beliefs and biases, to prevent them from affecting my nursing care.     In my opinion, as long as I remember that we are all humans with free will to choose however we want to live, believe in whatever we want, and keep an open mind about other people’s decisions, then caring for people who live differently from the way I do should never become an obstacle for me. I have yet to experience many things in my future as a nurse, but as long as I keep reminding myself to keep an open mind and be professional, caring for this type of patients shall never be an issue for me, and if I am ever n a position where I am highly uncomfortable, I shall reach out to my supervisor about it because it is not a shame to ask for help, but it is a shame to let such an issue be an obstacle to providing quality care for this “human” .