Importance of psychology in Nursing
Psychology helps the nurses to
Nurses must understand the patients to provide quality nursing
care. The study of psychology helps nurses to understand the individual
differences found in behavior and personality traits of the patients and the
meaning of their behavior at different circumstances.
Nurses in the process of providing holistic care, they encourage
the relatives and well wishers to participate in the patient care. Itâ€™s a
challenging task for the nurses to get their cooperation and make them
understand why certain actions are performed for the patients. The study of
psychology helps nurses to understand the genuine demand of the relatives and
concern for the patient.
Nurses by studying psychology they understand the principles of
guidance and counselling and its techniques. Understanding the techniques of
guidance and counseling helps nurses to provide individual or group guidance as
well as counseling services whenever they need it.
Any individual is the combination of the body and mind. If something
goes wrong with the body, it affects the mind and vice versa. Individuals get
admitted to the hospital for their problems in the body or mind. The study of
psychology helps nurses to understand the importance of body mind relationship
and apply the principles of psychology in the care of the patients. The
knowledge on psychology gives a nurse awareness about the attitude, conflicts,
positive thinking, crisis intervention which in turn helps to provide quality
Nursing is a team work and has to work together with other health
care team members including her colleagues. She should understand the
psychology of people around her to work effectively. She is expected to work in
collaboration with other health team members and face the challenges in the
professional environment. The knowledge on psychology helps nurses to overcome
these challenges in their profession.
The nurse must understand them that is her attitude, way of thinking,
coping abilities, mental mechanisms, overall strength and weakness.
Understanding self helps to adjust to the personal and professional life and to
lead a well balanced life.