Common good generally refers to the several contexts for identifying the actions and their outcomes that have some definable benefits that extends beyond the gain of the individual. The common good has been addressed in the professional literature pertaining the ethics, politics, environment, nursing and the healthcare (Dahlke & Baumbusch, 2015). Three major differences exist between the societal and the common good of the soul and the body.
Firstly, the outcomes that are related to the common good reside in the soul as well as in the body. Secondly, the intention of the individual action is as important as the effectiveness of the individual action towards working towards the common good. Thirdly, the common good cannot be an advanced form of expense for the vulnerable group of individuals who resides within the community. .
The literature that are used for examining the several forms of relationship regarding the common good of nursing and the other form of professions of healthcare mainly cites the common good sets the momentum for the action; literature exploring the common good as a concept of use to nursing and health care is very limited (Dahlke & Baumbusch, 2015). However, the nursing assignments are viewed as the promotion of the common good. In addition, nursing as a profession reflects the discrete factors of society that the constellation of the services that are provided by the nurses that are being supportive for the common good.
However, the literatures of nursing that have the theoretical perspective, do not address the common good, it clearly addresses the concepts that are related to the concepts such as the concerns for the whole person in the community and their outcomes that are associated with the common good, which includes the distributive form of justice (Price et al., 2015). With the consistent form of the perspective of the Catholics form of common good, nursing also can address the needs that can be balanced to preserve the dignity of the individual and have respect towards the society’s integrity. The benefit of the common good to the existing form of the concepts of nursing may be illustrated by fully examining the instances of the ethical misconducts in the clinical researches and the healthcare delivery system.
There is a nationwide debate about the existing structure of the healthcare system. This approach shows that the access to healthcare and their ranges of services that are provided are based on the paying ability (Price et al., 2015). The most prosperous individuals can be benefited with the greatest services. The poor strata of the society are provided with the poor quality of healthcare. In contrast, the universal, low-cost, or free health care offered in other nations is more in concert with the common good as articulated in Catholic theology (Stoddart et al., 2015).
Such health care derives from approaches that stress equity, sharing, and sacrifice on the part of some for the benefit of others. Despite, the several benefit for integrating, the common good into nursing and the healthcare, the are existence of several challenges. The first challenge deals with the identification of the way the common good as a discrete form of concept that plays a vital role for shaping and advancing the nursing profession and their practice (Stoddart et al., 2015). The forces of the society has strengthened the nursing by professional form of education of the students for promoting their conceptualization, implementation, and growth of advanced nursing practice roles, such as that of the nurse practitioner.
The sources of the society also shapes the funding priorities of the nursing researches that includes the emphasis of the interplay of the genetics, behaviors that are health related and preventing of the diseases (Stoddart et al., 2015). Therefore, the society shapes the elements of the common good that the nursing profession chooses to address. Secondly, the various activities and the procedures done in the nursing practice of one health profession are being assumed a different profession. For example, nursing-focused activities related to public health and risk reduction have been adopted by medicine; conversely, nurses have assumed certain medical procedures.
Third, there appears to be an increase in no discipline-specific responsibilities among the health professions. For example, physical examinations may be performed by a wide variety of individuals.
Finally, the emphasis on cost and evidence-based practice, though important, is reductionist and may fail to capture the unique contributions of nursing to health care, and by inference to the common good.
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