I have always been aware of the need to avoid causing patients embarrassment while undertaking personal care or nursing procedures, and had thought that simple acts such as drawing the curtains, closing the door and using towels to cover the patient's modesty were important actions.
However, I have never been a hospital patient and, consequently, have never had to think about how I would want to be treated, or what my needs may be. After reading this article, I realised that maintaining patient dignity is more complex than I realised, and having the necessary knowledge and skills and the right attitude is essential.
This article points out the importance of dealing with bad practice when it is seen. On reflection I realise that my approach of leading by example can work well at times, but if I worked in...
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