Art Of Nursing

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A nurse’s job does not only consist of giving medications or assisting a physician during procedures. It involves other concepts that a nurse needs to understand in order to provide the best quality of care to the profession. In this paper I will discuss the following: the definition and concepts of art and science of nursing, how each of these concepts affect nursing practice based on literature, relate how they influence my current personal practice, identify the influences on the changing health care environment, and examine how my nursing practice has changed in the last five years. I will also discuss the strategies I have used to apply the art and science of nursing into my practice and identify the approach I will utilize after completing…show more content…
The art of nursing is defined as being mindful of what the patient needs emotionally and physically. In order to fully practice the true art of nursing, one must have compassion, a caring attitude, and good communication skills (Palos, 2014). Another definition of the art of nursing is having a personal connection between the nurse and the patient (Kostovich & Clementi, 2014). My personal interpretation of the art of nursing is to be aware of the patient’s specific needs; being physically present when they need you; respecting the patient and the family; and being gentle when delivering nursing care. The science of nursing on the other hand is having the knowledge, skill, critical thinking and evidence-based practice integrated with nursing practice (Palos, 2014). With this concept, a nurse must have a good understanding of various types of diseases and be able to identify the symptoms associated with it. Medicine is an important part of science. Knowledge about the different drugs and knowing how to safely administer them are crucial in nursing care. Performing medical procedures and updating current nursing skills according to new evidence-based research is critical to achieve best patient outcome. A nurse should employ critical thinking skills and good decision making as well. My own definition of science of nursing is providing safe…show more content…
The goals I set included taking the NCLEX examination once I got approval from the board, getting a few months of work experience in either hospital or skilled nursing facility, and start Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by spring of 2016. I am lucky that I have been able to accomplish the goals that I set when I was still in nursing school. I also challenged myself to finish the BSN program within a year which is why I decided to study at CSU Fullerton; they offered the 1-year BSN program for registered nurses. To achieve this goal, I quit my job to be a full time student. Now, I have another goal in mind that I want to pursue after school. I want to become a mental health clinical nurse specialist after I get my BSN degree. By December 2016, I will have my BSN degree and I will apply to a hospital and work there for at least two years to gain more knowledge and experience. By early 2019, I will go back to school for a master’s degree. Continuing education in the nursing profession is essential in delivering the highest optimal care to patients. It also allows nurses to have professional growth, and helps nurses to be informed of all the new researches and evidence-based practice (DeCelle, 2015). The higher the level of education a nurse achieves, the more experienced they will be in applying the art and science of nursing in their practice. Nurses will also be more competent and
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