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NRS 493 Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

Ensuring the integrity of human dignity in the care of all patients

NRS 493 Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

Human dignity is associated with the well-being of the individuals as dignity determines sense of feeling better or respected. In health care, concept of dignity plays very important role as patients go through most vulnerable and helplessness situations when they are sick and battling a disease (Igai, 2020). The concept of human dignity is highly demonstrated in palliative and end-of life care as elderly people will find it difficult to care for self. However, the issue is associated with other patients including those who are capable of caring for self, but have a minor issue such as deformed face due to accident, on insulin, or any other condition that make them feel low or lead to lower self-esteem (Johnston et al., 2017). 

NRS 493 Professional Capstone and Practicum Reflective Journal

Multi-faceted depression and distress in patients can be addressed by developing better patient-nurse relationship where nurses protect the patients, their dignity, and privacy (Søvde et al., 2019). The process includes patient-centered care, culture-based care, empowering patients, supporting their right decisions, adopting measures to protect their identity, assisting during vulnerable times, no showing disgust, being empathetic, and assuring patients through better care and support regarding outcome (Winter & Winter, 2017). 

It is also important to understand that the concept of human dignity applies to nurses and health care professionals where respect for their work and efforts, providing support to decrease burnout and fatigue, providing incentives, implementing better self-management strategies, and creating a better work environment plays important role in increase sense of personal accomplishment, self-efficacy, and job satisfaction. Dignity and protecting its integrity are important for all the stakeholders included in health care (Benton & Pegoraro, 2020).


Benton, K., & Pegoraro, R. (2020). Finding dignity at the end of life (1st ed.). Routledge.

Igai, Y. (2020). Concept analysis of dignity‐centered care for people with chronic progressive disease. Japan Journal Of Nursing Science17(2). https://doi.org/10.1111/jjns.12302

Johnston, B., Pringle, J., Gaffney, M., Narayanasamy, M., McGuire, M., & Buchanan, D. (2017). The dignified approach to care: a pilot study using the patient dignity question as an intervention to enhance dignity and person-centred care for people with palliative care needs in the acute hospital setting. BMC Palliative Care14(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12904-015-0013-3

Søvde, B., Hovland, G., Ullebust, B., & Råholm, M. (2019). Struggling for a dignifying care: experiences of being next of kin to patients in home health care. Scandinavian Journal Of Caring Sciences33(2), 409-416. https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.12638

Winter, S., & Winter, S. (2017). Human Dignity as Leading Principle in Public Health Ethics: A multi-case analysis of 21st century german health policy decisions. International Journal Of Health Policy And Management7(3), 210-224. https://doi.org/10.15171/ijhpm.2017.67

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