Embrace the 6 C’s of Nursing
2021 has been designated to be the year of Healthacare Workers in gratitude for your continuous efforts towards fighting this global pandemic! Nurses along with healthcare workers have played an extremely crucial role during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is because of you nurses that the patients have been able to get aerosolized, highly monitored care that they are required to recover during and post the infection.
To ensure the same level of care is provided to everyone during these tough times, the NHS Commissioning Board has introduced a strategy. The 6 C’s of nursing are developed to provide a level of care that supports the culture and practice of all related organisations, as well as quality social care provision.
What are the 6 C’s of Nursing? Why do they matter?
Treating and supporting vulnerable people is a very intensive and demanding profession. Unlike other professions, being a nurse is not only about providing a service and receiving monetary or other benefits in return. Patients generally not just seek medical care but also understanding and emotional support from nurses. Hence, following the 6 C’s are crucial. All of these values weigh equally and none of them are more important than the others.
Here are the 6 C’s of Nursing according to the NHS ‘Compassion in Passion’ Strategy
The strategy defines ‘Care’ as follows:
‘Care is our core business and that of our organisations, and the care we deliver helps the person and improves the health of the whole community. Caring defines us and our work. People receiving care expect it to be right for them, consistently throughout every stage of their life.’
In other words, it underlines the importance of personalizing support as per each individual’s separate needs. It also states the importance of focusing on each individual that requires care and promoting their health and well-being.
Compassion means delivering care with empathy, respect, and dignity. It is based on recognising people’s emotions and forming relationships with patients based on empathy. Compassion should be embedded in the culture of an organisation. It is important to recognize your patients as humans with emotions and you as a nurse do not just provide a service to your patients but look after their welfare. It is about treating your patients gently, empathising with what they are going through, and supporting them emotionally, and medically.
Competence means that nurses must have the ability to understand the medical as well as social needs of their patients. Expertise and clinical knowledge are essential, but understanding each individual’s emotions and fears is also very important.
All patients have different needs and requirements ,and they demand different medical as well as social treatments. These include their medical history, age, reaction to certain compounds, and many more. What might work well for one patient might not be suitable for other patients with the same condition. Hence, competence is imperative for all nurses to only choose the best options for their patients.
Being as transparent as you can be and having a free flow of communication with your patients is necessary. Communication is a key to avoid any miscommunications and keep everyone on the same page. Communication is also not a one-way street and listening is as important as talking to the patient. It’s about keeping patients informed, as well as ensuring patients’ needs are recognized, heard, and acted upon. The strategy establishes the quote ‘no decision about me without me’, and communicating well is an important way of ensuring the same.
Nurses need to have the courage to face difficult conversations and challenging situations. To keep patients at the earth of everything you do, yet have the courage to speak up is what courage here defines. Make suggestions and have the vision to innovate and work in new, different ways. Have the courage to do the right thing and voice your opinion if you reckon there is something that requires change!
Last but not the least, the 6th C refers to having a commitment to patients and the community. Putting the patients at the centre of your work and making them your priority should always be maintained.
Commitment also means being committed to the job role. The Covid-19 global pandemic has proven that the healthcare industry is one of the most committed to their roles and job responsibilities. The commitment to saving people and the world and them through this crisis has been displayed during these times. It is these 6 Cs that made a difference throughout the pandemic and why the world is predicted to see better days in the future.
It is because of you nurses and your care, compassion, competence, courage, and commitment that the battle against this as well as many other deadly diseases are fought.
Now that restrictions are being lifted in the UK, how do you think it will impact you as a nurse? Do you reckon there might be a rise in cases in the UK? Let us know about your thoughts in the comment section down below!
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