Empathy as an Asset By Maria Macauley “Mother and child holding hands” image courtesy of Office. com Clip Art
My Question What is empathy? What’s the difference between “How do empathy and apathy, nurses show sympathy, compassion, pity, etc. ? empathy? ” “Nurse hat” image courtesy of Office. com
Studies Understanding “Regardless of how rude or irritating the other person is, it is always worse to be the one experiencing the personal crises. ” – Katie Morales (2012) Learning how to listen “Female nurse checking heart rate on an elderly patient” image courtesy of Office. com
Studies Challenges of Empathy 1. It takes time. 2. Requires our attention. “Empathy allows us to be fully human and gives others permission to do the same. ” - Julie Fuimano (2010) 3. Requires we push aside our own baggage. 4. Switches our outlook from ourselves to others. “Nurse examining patient that is in a cast” image courtesy of Office. com
Studies “Perspective taking enhances job satisfaction, work engagement and reduces turnover intention. Compassion does not. ” - Letizia Dal Santo Perspective (of someone else) = empathy. Empathy has a positive impact on nurses. “Silhouette of a nurse pushing a patient in a wheelchair” image courtesy of Office. com
Methods Hospital survey of 10 patients. (It was a slow day). Surveys and observations. Casual questioning and observing.
1. Do you feel like you’re being understood by your nurse? If so, how? If not, how? 80% felt like their nurse understood them. Survey The other 20% did not, both saying similarly that their nurse has only came in to talk to them once, and therefore can’t have a full understanding of them. 2. To you, is empathy or sympathy more important in a nurse? 100% said empathy. 3. Do you feel that your nurse… A. Hasn’t shown you much empathy? B. Takes the time to listen to and understand you? C. Explains everything to you in a clear, respectful manner? D. Has built a relationship with you? • 70% said B, C, and D. 20% said A 10% said C B, C, and D all have something in 4. Do you expect nurses to go above and beyond just “regular care”? common. 100% said that they expect nurses to go above and beyond regular care. 5. What are ways that you think nurses can go above and beyond this “regular care”? 60% said: Nurses who can simply talk with them about how they’re feeling in an open, nonjudgmental environment is going above and beyond. 20% said: Nurses who try to cultivate relationships with their patients are going above and beyond. 10% said: Nurses who don’t treat their patients like patients when it comes to how they’re feeling emotionally. 10% said: A nurse that gives shots that don’t hurt.
Observation Interpretation Patient is laying on a bed in The way I see it, here is where the nurse is trying to connect with her patient. By Observations the hallway. Nurse smiles putting her hand on their shoulder, it’s as if she’s trying to give them that feeling of and puts hand on patients being cared for. Receiving a gentle touch from someone who can help you must be shoulder. comforting when you’re sitting alone in a bed in the hallway. The nurse in the other The patient is older and must have a difficult time hearing. In order for a nurse to give room is asking questions her best care, she needs to know what’s wrong. She’s probably asking questions loudly to a patient. • Particularly, people want to be understood. loudly so the patient can hear her and respond to her accurately. A nurse walks into a To me, I saw someone who was sick of paperwork and ready to do some interactions room and immediately with her patient, as if finally being able to go back to them was refreshing. Though I’m begins to smile. sure she’s been having a long day, she still made it a point to smile for her patient. Seeing someone smiling usually makes me smile, so perhaps a smile would be a good medication every now and then. While walking by a room, At first I thought this was sympathy, but I peeked into the room and saw a look of a nurse tells her patient “I know it hurts, I’m sorry. ” distress on the nurse’s face. That instance I knew that she was internalizing the pain that her patient felt and was genuinely trying to make it better because she put herself in her patient’s shoes. I saw this just from the look on her face. You don’t see a look of distress on someone who doesn’t care.
Analysis Listening to and understand patients, is what builds that important relationship. Empathy is as good a medicine as any. “Communication, councilors, desk, doctors, ” image courtesy of Office. com
Analysis Empathy has nothing but a positive impact on patients and their nurses. “Knowing” and “understanding” are two very different things. “People with plus sign” image courtesy of Office. com
Closing Thoughts Preference of Empathy vs. Sympathy 10 10 9 8 • Should nursing professors specifically make a point to bring empathy into their teachings, even if the lesson don’t call for it? • Empathy IS an asset…for everyone. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 Empathy Sympathy
Reflection/What I Learned How to make observations…effectively. Transforming information from one medium to another. “Close up of a hand reaching out to help” image courtesy of Office. com
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