Cancer Nursing: A Revolution in Care by A. Phylip Pritchard (eds.)

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4. We ought to do good. ' Silva (1983) calls beneficence 'the moral heart of our profession ' and I believe that is true. When lay people do good , they are thought to be virtuous . As nurses, we are obliged to do good . It is what society and our patients have a right to expect. It is the essential motivation for entering our profession. This is not meant to imply that other legitimate motives do not exist but if the desire to do good for others is lacking, the other motives are insufficient .

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Parents, too, experience a great deal of anxiety and feelings of helplessness as they struggle to accept and cope with changes wrought when their child is diagnosed with cancer. Parents who are empowered, who can gain mastery over a situation, are better able to support and help their child to cope . Furthermore, children and parents who are not coping well with the necessary treatment plan can be a source of great stress for nurses, most of whom will know how difficult it can be to hold , with three or four helpers, a kicking , screaming, biting child who is trying to leap off the procedure table as his mother struggles to control her crying .

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