Rogers is of the opinion that there is no one-to-one interaction between the patient and the nurse. There is nothing that introduces one to the other. Instead, the nurse severs as a highly significant of the environment around the patient and serves to help the patient recover through the influence the nurse has upon that environment. Therefore, the phenomenon of significance to observe is not the nurse and patient communication but the patient and the environment interaction.
Secondly, we see that Rogers is of the opinion that the only way for a nurse to become a part of this process of healing is to become a part of the revival and rehabilitation of the energy level of the patient but it is not within the capabilities of the nurse to specify a direction or a channel for that energy flow in particular. Another very important fact to realize at this point is that change is continuous. In other words, life does not stop moving and it cannot be initiated or directed from an origin or towards a destination as per the liking of man.
Similarly, the nature of the change that can be brought about by Therapeutic Touch is just as unpredictable. Another point of fact is that Rogers believes that it is not for neither the nurse and nor for the patient to decide whether the exchanging of energy will take place or not. This is so because it is not possible to direct or create this flow of energy from or to any point and therefore, the Therapeutic Touch Practitioner can at no point be counted as a channel for the energy to flow through.
The nurse and the patient both are going to find themselves involved in the process of the exchanging of energy even when they are not aware of it. Rogers believes that the Therapeutic Touch is a technique and not a complete medical field in itself. It is an element that nurses who wish to be effective in their profession should incorporate (Malinski, 1993). According to Rogers, healing is a process that is devoid of any physical association rather it is a process that place on a spiritual level. It is important to understand that this healing does not necessarily show effects that are visible to the naked eye.
Being on a level of spirituality, the process of healing is one that associates with a less visible realm. Hence, we can infer that in ethical terms, every patient should be given respect for their journey through sickness and towards healing (Plodek, 2005). The Rogerian science of nursing also gives due regard to nursing as a livelihood of people. According to the Rogerian science of nursing, nursing comes as an experience that is meant to provide advantage to both of the involved parties, the nurse as well as the patient.
Hence the Rogerian Science of nursing chooses to refer to nursing as an interactive and a communicative process where neither the nurse can remain isolated from the patient nor the patient can remain isolated from the nurse. As discussed in the above paragraphs, an exchanging of energy will take place whether the nurse and the patient are aware of the exchange or not. Whether the nurse and the patient are involved in the exchanging intentionally or not, the exchanging does occur and tends to be in a balance where the nurse and the patient both attain something from the experience of this unique interaction.
Over the course of time, various patient satisfaction surveys have shown a tendency to demonstrate that the Rogerian science of nursing is one that yields the most positive results in the healthcare industry. Hence we can infer that Rogers’s theory of nursing is the most widely appreciated by the patients/consumers of the healthcare industry. The delicacy of the role of nursing that the Rogerian theory addresses is no doubt one that no other theory presents in such a complete and in depth context. References Avatar International LLC. (2008).
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