“…what nursing has to do…is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him.” – Florence NightingaleAll of these can be summed up in one word…COMFORT. Comfort is a concept that has a strong association with nursing. The term itself represented a relaxed, healthy, peaceful, and individualized condition. Nurses traditionally provide comfort to patients and their families through interventions that can be called comfort measures. The intentional comforting actions of nurses strengthen patients and their families. When patients and families are strengthened by actions of health care personnel (nurses), they can better engage in health seeking behaviors.
“The care circle explains the role of nurses, and focused on performing that noble task of nurturing the patients, meaning the component of this model is the “motherly” care provided by nurses, which may include limited to provision of comfort measures, provision of patient teaching activities and helping the patient meet their needs where help is needed.” – Lydia Hall
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