Foundational Ideas Health Care and Education
In the past, health care was defined as the clinical outcome while the environment was simply the facility and the physical space it occupies. Today this has changed and attention has been emphasized on developing a great experience in healing, emotional support and a friendly atmosphere offered by employees. This experience is also concerned about the employee welfare, food and services in clinical technology which were considered secondary are now primary needs in health care. Therefore, professional education in nursing recognizes health as not simply the absence if disease but ultimate physical, mental and social well being. Quality health care is a fundamental right to every being (Dossey & Keegan, 2013). The following are philosophical ideas which are fundamental in promoting health and education.
Behavior change/modification idea
Self monitoring in clinical practice promotes Mindful practice and communication which is a strategy that can be used to promote health care and education. This form of assessment helps clinicians gain access to cognitive processes that help them in focusing on the modern health needs. It triggers attention to the changing processes and replaces fear with curiosity. For the beginners, it gives them an opportunity to approach familiar situations differently. For the experienced clinicians, they become more engaged in stressful and unpleasant situations for them to make a difference in the clinical outcomes. When clinicians perform self monitoring, they become aware of their own functioning, and realize what they need for them to improve on their performance. It is also an opportunity for health care providers to devote some of their work time to personal development (Colbert, 1998).
This concept will assist me as a clinician to adopt a Mindful practice in which I will avoid unhelpful reactions to situations. It will also enhance listening and foster my presence to the clinical practice to prepare me for superior roles and career development. With the improved living standards, patients are seeking for high quality health care. Therefore, competence in one’s work is a key area that determines whether the patients trust the services offered to return even in future. Competence promotes a healthy client-clinician relationship which is important for the patients. Therefore, self assessment relates competence to performance and promises patients a continuous improvement in the quality of health services offered (Dossey & Keegan, 2013).
Some health conditions for example, diabetes are self managed and a patient’s well being is determined by his/her decision, this requires patient empowerment. It is important for health care professionals to integrate their expertise with resources and priorities from the patient. This simplifies the disease management process and gives the patient the power to control the disease from progressing to dangerous levels. Adverse effects of diabetes come as a result of non compliance by patients. Diabetes care and education meant to persuade patients to follow the guidelines offered by their healthcare providers is a source of empowerment to the patients. Once equipped with the knowledge as to why they should change their lifestyles and daily activities, they are likely to make decisions that favor their health condition. Lack of this education results in patients feeling blamed or judged for not observing the instructions given by the health care professionals. This often makes the disease management process difficult for both parties (Anderson, & Funnell, 2005).
Empowering patients on self managed conditions makes my work as a health [professional simpler. This is because chances of complications occurring due to non compliance will be minimized. The healing process is faster when both the patient and the expertise have a common understanding as to why particular procedures and processes must be followed. This could even include educating the patients on the basic activities that take place in his/her body and how the recommended behavior changes affect his/her health condition. Today, health care providers are expected to serve more patients in less time. If patients are empowered through education, the physicians are likely to take minimal time on one patient. Patient education on disease management brings about collaborative care and this saves time since the outcome is easily achieved without extending the duration taken during customer visits (Anderson, & Funnell, 2005).
Holistic approach idea
Equal distribution of resources and funds among patients is a great way to promote health care and education. The health condition of a particular group of individuals is not influenced solely by individual behaviors like smoking exercise or diet. The hierarchical structure of the society also determines how readily the basic goods are available. Therefore the gap existing between the rich and the poor determine the quality of health care and the life span that a particular community is likely to have. For those at the top of the hierarchy, they have the power, domination and coercion that make those at the bottom to feel predominated. They resign to fate and resent those at the top. Such a gap in the society can be eliminated by creating an egalitarian environment in which health care resources are accessible to the society members regardless of the economic position. Such an environment promotes feelings of support, cooperation by other society members as well as sociability since all the society members are included in the same bracket (O’Rourke, 2006).
As a health care professional, this idea benefits my work in that the society will be responsive to their health needs. People from all levels in the society will access health care services early before their condition advance to unmanageable levels. Attending to patients while at their initial stages of their health conditions improves the healing process. On other occasions, some illnesses can be completely eliminated through preventive measures. Early diagnosis improves the worth of a health care professional because diseases are eliminated at the initial stage and the quality of life is improved if patients don’t have to live with preventable conditions (O’Rourke, 2006).
Behavior change by health professional to adopt a self assessment program is a good step towards ensuring that heal6thcare provides continuously improve the quality of health care that they offer to patients. When this is combined with patient empowerment and education patients are bound to experience quality care and better healthy lives. This is because the patient is aware of the process and procedures to be followed and why they are necessary. The health care provider also grows in knowledge and skills to keep meeting and exceeding he patient’s expectations. Once these are achieved there is a need to distribute the health care services resources available to ensure that external factors do not hinder the quality of life that the society leads. When patients are treated equally, they feel supported and accepted in the society. They are likely to participate fully in health care activities and promote quality health care and education.