Authors: Carielle Joy V. Rio
Everyday nurses are exposed to a variety of factors that pose threats to their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The development of this theory was brought about by the fact that existing nursing theories do not explicitly include self-care as a nursing responsibility. In contrast to other theories, this theory adopts a broader definition of person to refer to all human beings : nurses and care recipients alike. The Theory of Nurse-Self-Care stresses the importance of intrapersonal care in the process of providing interpersonal care in any practice setting. Compassion and empathy continue to be core values in nursing; however, it is important for nurses to maintain or improve their personal well-being as they care for others. Nurse-care recipient interactions should be aimed at providing a nurturing experience for both nurses and the care recipients. The nurse’s ability to provide intrapersonal and interpersonal care is influence d by three uniquely distinct but interrelated factors: (1) knowledge, (2) intuition, and (3) experience. In this theory, nursing is defined as the intentional utilization of knowledge, intuition, and experience in enhancing and maintaining the well-being of the nurse and the care recipient.
Keywords: nursing theory, nurse-self-care, health promotion, universal human needs