However, the concept of ‘caring’ nowadays is confounded by its many uses and descriptions. The objective of this paper is to analyze the concept of ‘caring’ as it relates to the profession of nursing.
The concept of ‘caring’ is chosen for the concept analysis because of the current questions about the actual definition and characteristics of ‘caring’. While not everyone is caring, roughly all people would like to be cared about, and when necessary, be cared for. The main concern of ‘caring’ should be revisited. A short time ago, caretakers were horticulturists or gardeners for large manors. Nowadays, the concept is related to care providers, and a great deal of the workforce more and more moving in this path (Phillips & Benner, 1994).
The question then is what has been the outcome? On one hand, a lot of women have given up domestic responsibilities, such as sustaining a home for the family or providing care for their children, transferring these special responsibilities to others. The argument is that these women have to find a source of income. In several instances, this is true, but in some cases, employment outside the home is sought for in order to escape domestic obligations (Phillips & Benner, 1994).
The information and empirical studies gathered for the literature review were obtained mostly from Questia.com, ProQuest.com, and Medscape. The content of this section was narrowed down to those relevant to the helping professions, such as counseling, teaching, and most importantly, nursing.
The concept of ‘caring’ is indefinite and debatable. Part of the dilemma is that the concept has been applied in varied ways that its core meaning is by now endangered. According to some scholars, conceptualizing ‘caring’ entails an effort to encompass the political and social economy within which it is implanted (Halstead & Wagner, 2002). If the concept will be used as a general form of analysis with