Early in my nursing career, I learned that policy has the ability to change thousands of lives with the stroke of a pen. The policies implemented can make lives better or more difficult. It is important, as a community, to be active in policy development. This means attending meetings, speaking out, sharing one’s time and talent, and finding a balance between our personal “wants” and what will benefit the least among us.
Join me in exploring and discussing the need for compassionate policy in life, practice, and policy. All are welcome to comment and to submit a post or share things that make nursing education better and more compassionate. The underlying theme is always compassionate policy, but my views are heavily influenced by faith and reason, which is the heart of compassion. My personal biography is available on my LinkedIn page.
Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Policy: a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decision.
Compassionate Policy: a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives, in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decisions in a sympathetic manner that is conscious of the distress of others and demonstrates a desire to alleviate that distress.