According to the English dictionary, compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. It would benefit many people to have this quality for their profession. One of the most important careers to have this quality for is nursing. As a nurse dealing with sick people one always has to do their best to make sure the patient is not only feeling better physically, but emotionally as well. Many people think that care and compassion is the same thing.
Care is being there for someone while they are sick and taking care of them, while compassion is having a strong feeling of sympathy for that person as well as taking care of them. Being sick is an awful feeling overall, but when there are nurses who do not show any compassion towards you it makes you feel unwanted, sad, and maybe even alone. For example in the movie Wit, produced by S. Bosanquet, the patient was terminally ill and although the nurses knew that, they treated her as though she had the common cold. Every time they would enter her room they would ask “How are you feeling today? ” Yet they never really cared for a response.
It sounded as though they were asking just to fulfill a requirement by their boss. I feel as a nurse, you should genuinely care about how the patient is feeling. If a person is unable to do that, or is easily annoyed with the patient, I feel that the profession may not be for them. This scenario is portrayed in this movie also. The patient was brought to get a test done and because of her condition she was not allowed to walk back to her room. During the test however, her wheelchair was taken out of the room. When the technician that administered the test had to go get Vivian, the patient, a new wheelchair she seemed extremely bothered.
As a healthcare professional, I believe that no matter what is going on in your personal life you should always do your best to leave the problems at the door when you enter your job. Many patients are already upset about their illness and do not need any added stress or negative feelings. This is shown a lot in this movie. However, there are also parts of this film that shows the correct way a nurse should act towards their patient. For example, Vivian was nearing the end of her life and was crying about many different things and the nurse took the time to just sit with her and tell her that it as alright to get her feelings out. She got her a tissue for her tears, a popsicle to make her feel better and just sat with her and talked. Sometimes that is all that people need. Although I would like to say that I cannot relate to this movie given the circumstances, my cousin was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Leukemia. Although she has two little children and her world was flipped upside down, she has been able to stay positive thanks to the nurses that are taking care of her.
She is always greeted with nurses who genuinely care about her and how she is doing. Another big thing is she is always aware of the tests and procedures that she is getting done. It may seem routine for patients to know this, but I feel it is crucial for nurses to explain everything that is going on. It provides a sense of safety and makes it clear to the patient that the nurse took the time to review the chart, know what is going on, and took time out of their busy schedules to sit down and explain what was happening.
What many people do not realize is that the littlest things to normal people can mean the world to someone that is sick, such as having someone to talk to. Although there are many patients to take care of, and there is no way to remember every person that you take care of, when you do it right you leave a lasting impression. As Maya Angelou states, “They may forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel. ” To me that is worth all of the hard work that nurses put into their jobs.