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CRITICALLY APPRAISE HOW THE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS OWN PERSONAL VALUES MAY AFFECT PATIENT CARE AND OUTCOME As individuals we are going to have different personal views and beliefs towards issues that we are faced with in life Every person has the right to think write or say what ever they wish to as long as their actions do not affect harm or threaten any other person However when working within an institution involving care for the general public your own personal beliefs and values can have an effect on how you will approach and act when faced with a certain situation As a healthcare professional it is of the utmost importance that you are self aware and realise what your own beliefs and values are and not allow them to affect any other individual We all have our own understanding of what is right and wrong as everyone is different As you grow and develop into life your life and work experiences can make you judgemental also sinnical towards certain people and situations The balance is to remain open- minded and not try to influence other people because of your personal beliefs Working as a health care professional means that you have to treat every person as an individual no matter what their colour race gender beliefs values or actions may be Allowing your own opinions or beliefs intruded on the care you give could have very serious consequences on the patients healthcare and outcome An example is a nurse may have strong options about people who self harm and attempts suicide on a regular basis The nurse may be faced with a patients who does just that and needs her nursing care but the nurse thinks the patient is a time waster and looking for attention This could leave the nurse in a dilemma if her beliefs and options were that strong she would need to evaluate her thoughts step back
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