Volume No. :   8

Issue No. :  1

Year :  2018

ISSN Print :  2231-1149

ISSN Online :  2349-2996


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Insights from Kristen M Swanson’s Theory of Caring



Address:   Lillykutty M. J1*, Dr. Rebecca Samson2
1Principal, Lourdes College of Nursing, Ernakulam, Kochi-682021, Kerala
2Dean, College of Nursing, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry
*Corresponding Author
DOI No: 10.5958/2349-2996.2018.00036.8

ABSTRACT:
Swanson’s Theory of Caring was explored in view of developing a theoretical framework for the research study entitled ‘effect of structured nursing care rounds on selected nursing quality indicators’. Swanson’s Theory of Caring is structured around five caring principles that encompass the overall definition of caring in nursing practice. This theory states that caring proceeds in a sequence of five categories: knowing, being with, doing for, enabling, and maintaining belief. When applied to nursing practice, each of these five stages stimulates the caregiver’s attitude and improves the overall patient well-being. The theory aims at helping nursing personnel to deliver care that promotes dignity, respect, and empowerment. This model was framed to ensure consistent caring behaviours which would in turn improve patient satisfaction.
KEYWORDS:
Caring principles, Nursing practice, Patient well-being, Caring behaviours
Cite:
Lillykutty M. J, Rebecca Samson. Insights from Kristen M Swanson’s Theory of Caring. Asian J. Nursing Education and Research. 2018; 8(1):173-177.
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