Challenges with realizing aspirations of the common good in the nursing community
Write a 700 word opinion editorial that critically analyses the challenges with realising aspirations of the common good in nursing community, locally and globally.
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According to Roman Catholicism, the term common good refers to “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as a group or individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily” (Velasquez et al., 2017). Although nurses do not use theological perspectives to address the issue of common good, they more often than not, handle related concepts and the outcomes related to the common good like a whole person’s concerns in a community and distributive justice respectively. In line with the Roman Catholicism point of view regarding common good, nurses also deal with the quest to strike a balance between respecting the social integrity and upholding personal dignity. Besides, nurses unlike the Catholicism, have an extra task in addition to the above roles of upholding ethical standards when handling patients. However, they face a number of challenges in realizing aspirations of these roles as analyzed below.
To begin with, it is in itself a challenge to determine ways in which the common good, as opposed to other related concepts, affects both practices and professional advancements in nursing (Meux, 2013). The interplay of the discernment that nursing plays an essential role in safeguarding the health-related facets of the common good and the consistent support from the society are key features behind the existence of nursing as a profession. Societies have a long history of supporting and strengthening nursing as a profession such as through the continuous promotion of conceptualization, supporting of students’ professional education, development of advanced nursing profession and practices like nursing practitioners, and implementations. Additionally, societal forces also play a central role in shaping financial support in nursing for research priorities like the contemporary emphasis on the relationship between disease prevention, health-related behaviors, and genetics. Therefore, communities govern the crucial aspects of the common good which are the key priorities for nurses to address. Moreover, the communal assumption that nurses promote both the societal and the common good is the basis on which the nursing profession thrives in many societies.
On the contrary, some societies do not recognize the nursing community as an essential aspect of both the societal good and the common good, thus, subjecting its existence to oblivion (Cochran, 2017). In view of this, taking into account societal good in addition to the common good holds an inherent potential of strengthening and facilitating the power base and befits of the nursing community in the society. The elements of professional nursing such as concern, compassion, and caring could be on their verge to extinction and potentially be managed by technicians and machines and replaced by technology in case the nursing community flops to demonstrate its importance in the community by enhancing the common good. The latest changes in the nursing sector show an increasing profession’s vulnerability to extinction.
Secondly, it is challenging to ascertain whether the common good has a pragmatic importance when analyzing the role of the nursing community in the society. The significance of the common good as a constituent in the construction of guidance of nursing practices and theories is worth establishing (Cochran, Hume, & Bouchard, 2016). For instance, a constituent of the common good has helped in advancing the public health services such as the increased accessibility to antibiotics and widespread immunization. However, utility issues such as the linkage between the common good construct and development of knowledge remain unsolved. Other pending issues include but are not limited to the interplay between practicing of different contextual disciplines and the position of the common good construct within theological contexts; and how the functional meaning of common good construct evolves in relation the changes in the society.
On the other hand, nursing community is faced with the challenge of evidence-based practices. Nursing, just like other professions requires a core or base of proof to substantiate particular nursing actions and interventions (Baalen & Jansen, 2015). In this context, there has to be the best available proof that a nurse must show which supports the action taken. Additionally, the profession requires that nurses must show evidence of their knowledge which must emanate exclusively from data which is derived either from the examination of clinical results or from research. However, if the available evidence-base does not tally with a particular nursing action or activity, the profession treats it as having dubious value or benefit.
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Cochran C. (2017). “The Common Good and Healthcare Policy,” Health Progress, May-June 2017, pp. 41-44, 47.
Meux E. P. (2013). “Concern for the Common Good in an N-Person Game,” Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, vol. 28, no. 3, December 2013, pp. 414-418.
Velasquez M. et al. (2017). “The Common Good,” Markula Center for Applied Ethics, available at www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/commongood.html; “Common Good: Restoring Common Sense to American Law.”
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