Social Justice Essay

2397 Words Feb 24th, 2012 10 Pages
Social Justice
Beverly James
Submitted to Cheryl Smith RN MSN FNP-BC in partial fulfillment of
NR452 Contemporary Topics in Healthcare
Regis University
December 11, 2011

Social Justice
According to Stanhope and Lancaster social justice refers to “providing humane care and social supports for the most disadvantage members of society” (Stanhope & Lancaster, p. 386, 2010). As a nurse in the community we can be advocates for those who are disadvantaged and “facilitate change in public policy to intervene and promote social justice…many of the determinants of health are beyond an individual’s control, the interventions needed are likewise what a single person can do. Nurses can be advocates for policy changes to improve social,
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Doing my service learning project was a wide eye opener. There are so many who need assistance. Many have lost their jobs, which then predisposes them to lose their homes. Clients have come into the food bank and have not eaten for days. “Service learning espouses equality between the servers (the college and its students) and the served (the community)…This equality requires partnerships characterized by mutually identified need-respect for age/cultural/locale, appropriateness-and shared decision making and taking action…Both proponents of service learning and prevention state their preferences for interventions that are evidence-based, grounded in theory, and process-oriented. They value continued program improvement with ongoing evaluation and modification” (Ottenritter, p. 190, 2004).
Our hospital is based on relationship-based care, which is centered on the patient and family to promote an environment of healing and promote health within the hospital and the community. The nurse theorist that best aligns with relationship-based care is Dr. Kristen Swanson who built her model of caring based on the framework of nurse theorist Dr. Jean Watson. In her article Dr. Watson, brings back “caring-healing, are helping to make connections between human values of caring, economics, and social justice...the current scientific focus on poverty and health care reflects our

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