Ingredients of Caring

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Mayeroff (1971) Ingredients of Caring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayeroff (1971) defined 8 Caring Ingredients

Knowing

Alternating Rhythm

Patience

Honesty

Trust

Humility

Hope

Courage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowing

(Mayeroff, 1971, p. 21)

 

Explicit

Implicit

Knowing that

Knowing how

Knowing directly

Knowing indirectly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternating Rhythms

 

 

“The rhythm of moving back and forth between a narrower and a wider framework.”

 

Retrieved from: nursingfaq.com

(Mayeroff, 1971, p. 21)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cont’d Alternating Rhythm

The nurse alternates based on the need of the patient

NOTE: the arrows below are pointed in both directions, alternating rhythm’s = moving back and forth

 

Pieces of the other whole being

Past experience present moment

Immediate needs of other future needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience

(Mayeroff, 1971, p. 23)

 

“I enable the other to grow in its own time and in its own way”

Not waiting passively, but instead allows the other time

Tolerance

Patience with self

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honesty

(Mayeroff, 1971, p. 26)

 

To be honest with self

To be honest in trying to see the other

To see the other as they are

To be genuine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trust

 

“Trusting the other to grow in its own time and in its own way”

Do not force or mold

Do not dominate

Do not care too much

Trust your own capacity to care.

(Mayeroff, 1971, p. 27)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humility

 

“There is always something more to learn”

Teacher Student

Parent Child

Nurse Patient

 

Retrieved from: http://robertjrgraham.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/humility.jpg

(Mayeroff , 1971, p. 31)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cont’d Humility

“Do not be humiliated to learn from any source”

Learn from:

Mistakes

Others

Self

One who cares appreciates limitations, and powers.

One who cares has pride, without vanity.

 

 

(Mayeroff, 1971, p. 30)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope

 

Hope for the other

There is hope for:

Growth

Possibility

Courage

(Mayeroff, 1971, p. 33)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage

Many times nurses may not be aware that they are acting courageous.

Nurses demonstrate courage when:

caring in difficult times,

taking risks,

advocating,

leading.

 

 

“To go into the unknown”

Retrieved from:www.nursingworld.org

(Mayeroff, 1971, p. 32)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy…

 

Click on, or paste, the link below to view a beautiful YouTube video that captures images of caring.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyk6Cgo4-tw&feature=channel_video_title

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SELF-Caring Nurse

 

 

“Just as I may be indifferent to myself, use myself as a thing, or be a stranger to myself, so I may care for myself by being responsive to my own needs to grow.”

(Mayeroff, 1971, p. 59)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In summary:

 

You have come to know the ways of nursing through the lens of caring.

In truth it is first and foremost through the knowing of self, and caring for self, that the nurse is able to care for the patient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Mayeroff, M. (1971). On caring.

New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Rowe, J., & Rowe, A. (2010). A tribute to caring nurses everywhere

. Retrieved from: http://wwwyoutube.com

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