Is Caring Learned?

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Caring is a learned behavior that requires development. I too argue even the lowest level of this behavior is the foundations of human condition. Care includes taking care of objective things, taking care of things at hand, and taking care of being itself (Ranheim, 2012). There could be internal and external motivators to cultivate this behavior of care. But the fact remains that an experience has led you to place care on it. Learning to care for “something” doesn’t mean that you have to have an emotional or empathetic relationship with it. Although, there must be a cognitive level as well as an emotional level to caring. A simplified, low level analogy elaborating further; you take care of your hand by not placing on a hot surface because you learned it invokes the sensation of pain. Automotive care is result of an inherit operational value placed on your automobile. The motivating factor of this care is result of benefits contrived from its operation. The reader remotely cares about what is written here related to learned motivating factors such as; obtaining self-knowledge, competent performance in this course resulting in a positive number grade.

Refocusing on the act of caring in the sphere of nursing, a nurse has to develop the behavior of care to function properly as a nurse. Again, the writer reverts back to the idea of external motivators and experience cultivates the development of care. If you did not care about your patient you would not administer the prescribed medication. Your negligence of care could result in the death of a human, loss of employment and loss of income. Advanced level behaviors of care would include all of the above mentioned motivators including the idea of “I care for this patient as a person, as a part of humanity and I care for their survivalbility”. The nurse with this high level behavior of care has developed a number of other cognitive elements such as; Self-realization, self-concept, etc. Again, these processes did not inherently come enabled at birth. A person has to learn this. In conclusion it is a complex discussion
Ranheim, A., Kärner, A., & Berterö, C. (2012). Caring Theory and Practice-Entering a Simultaneous Concept Analysis. Nursing Forum, 47(2), 78-90 13p. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6198.2012.00263.x

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