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The satisfaction of generating well-being

Teresa Gutiérrez, a nurse from the University of Navarra, reflects on the profession on the Day of Solidarity

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Teresa Gutiérrez Alemán
PHOTO: Manuel Castells
31/08/16 08:00 Teresa Gutiérrez Alemán

The United Nations General Assembly proclaims August 31 as International Day of Solidarity. This proclamation contributes to the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which recognized solidarity as one of the essential values for International Office in the 21st century. This document reflects the following idea: Solidarity has diverse dimensions and manifestations at various levels...

This phrase caught my attention and I liked its familiarity. Once you have finished the degree program you realize that from the first course, where you are initiated in the study of the essence and fundamentals of Nursing, we were already being trained in solidarity.

The performance of our profession, whatever the field (pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiology, emergency, palliative, mental health, oncology, teaching and research, volunteer activities, etc.) is aimed at satisfying the health needs of others. These needs and the commitment derived from meeting them are what motivates our daily professional development .

Florence Nightingale, forerunner and pioneer of Nursing as a Public Profession, maintains that a nurse's learning and Education has two aspects of equal importance: the acquisition of knowledge and her character.

In the first clinical practices you begin to experience the happiness and satisfaction that caring generates. Achieving the patient's well-being then becomes the ultimate aspiration. In this profession of service, the nurse puts at the patient's disposal her training and intellectual capacity. As an indispensable complement, she generously contributes her personality and character; she uses all her scientific and human potential to achieve quality care.

Solidarity is intertwined in the degree program of a nurse from the moment she makes the decision to dedicate herself to the health care of people, and continues to do so on a daily basis, as it is a complement to the functions she performs. The training in our profession is very important and never ends, it is necessary to continue acquiring new knowledge that is continuously generated in the world of medicine. I myself am now starting a Master's Degree (Master's Degree in internship Advanced and management Nursing) that will allow me to increase and enhance the knowledge and skills I have acquired during the programs of study Nursing.

The value of solidarity in the professionalization of care has had and continues to have great implications. This value is not limited to the field of care, since part of this group participates in numerous social initiatives of various kinds. They are a valuable contribution to any human team whose aim is the well-being of people and society.

Communication skills and work teamwork, in addition to their specific professional competencies, make nurses ideal for leadership imbued with sensitivity, empathy and gentleness in the face of human suffering and vulnerability.

The direct relationship of nursing activities with the community provides a knowledge that makes it a necessary agent in the performance of functions such as: determination of community needs, availability of resources, programming of activities viable and adjusted to the specific requirements in different circumstances, their implementation and subsequent assessment, etc.

I would like to conclude from admiration with an acknowledgement to all those professionals who, like nurses, perform daily with mastery a supportive and nonconformist character when it comes to people's health care, even in circumstances where the necessary resources are not available or when health organizations are deficient.

These professionals and their strong vocation of service fill with content and value the quotation: "Solidarity has diverse dimensions and manifestations at various levels...."