Altruism, “the term is derived from Latin ‘alteri’ or ‘the other’, and describes unselfish attention to the needs of others” (Haigh, 2010, p. 1402). Nurses demonstrate altruism by advocating for their patients, especially for those who are unable to protect themselves. These actions create a climate of caring and professionalism. Growing up, I have always admired nurses because of what they represent and their patience to take care of sick individuals. I became a nurse because I wanted to find a stable and fulfilling career.
Becoming a nurse practitioner will grant me the autonomy of leading the care of my patients while simultaneously have the ability to seek out the guidance of the physicians when needed. I will be able to broaden my scope of medical practice while still applying my principles of nursing to patient care. I want to be the best skilled, most competent and empathetic nurse simply because I want to bring the safest and highest quality of care to my patients. More often than not, patients voice out that no one listens to them, not even their own doctors. This concern further inspires me to become a nurse practitioner that will provide quality care by understanding my patient as a person.
Naomi’s passion is nursing, and the fact that she had her goals set to becoming a nurse and work at Johns Hopkins Hospital is very similar to me having my heart set on working at Mayo Clinic when I obtain my degree. Naomi’s time was spent mostly between work and her family, and that is important to me because I put my family at the center of my world, just as she does. Naomi’s passion to be a nurse is highly reflective of my passion to become a nurse as well. She is willing to go the extra mile in order to become a better nurse for her patients, and that shows that she is truly passionate about what she is doing. Naomi’s strength when working with patients who are struggling, is what I hope to be.
When I was introduced to nursing, I was intrigued of the many opportunities the career entailed, the ways I would help people, and how I could make an impact in someone’s life. As I continued the path through nursing school, I encountered times of frustration, struggle, and giving up. Though I had times like those, I made sure that I kept on going and fight my way to achieve my goal of being a nurse. My family has high hopes for me to succeed in my future as a nurse; my family’s support is my motivation through every step of my journey in nursing school. When I got into nursing, I knew that I wanted to help people and make them feel comfortable in their time of illness.
In my practice, I provide care to the best of my ability. I empathize with my patients when they are having a bad day and I provide laughter when it’s a good day. To go into the nursing profession it is imperative that you care for others, without care for your patients there is less chance for cure. If a patient does not feel cared for they may feel they are not important and that can cause them stress, making it more difficult to get better. My Philosophy for my nursing career always has been and will continue to be to provide the best care possible for my patients, ensuring they feel cared for and their needs are met.
Personal Philosophy of Nursing and Nursing Education Nursing is a discipline of knowledge acquired through formal education and through life experiences. My philosophy of nursing is to always see the beauty in the art of being a nurse. I chose nursing as my profession as caring for people and the nursing profession is a true art form. It takes empathy for people by upstanding morals and values. As a nurse, my goal is to provide competent, empathetic, compassionate, and optimal holistic care to the best of my ability to my patients.
General Qualifications for becoming a nurse, according to Regina Ranburn, include: “Compassion, caring for others, selflessness, love for humanity, and desire to help others” (1). These qualities are vital to a career in nursing because most fields require direct patient care. Dealing with patients one-on-one every day requires compassion and caring for those who need healing. Selflessness meaning putting someone else’s needs above your own and that is exactly what nursing is all about. People put their trust in you to help them in a way they do not know how to do.
Each nurse has their own set of values and practices that affect how they care for patients. Through my education I have been well informed about all of the parts of nursing that will make a great nurse. All patients deserve equal care and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. I want to be a nurse that focuses on educating patients on how to better their quality of life. Each patient should be treated with a holistic approach and be a part of their own care.
In the last section of this paper, I will discuss some of my personal experiences in example and support why I value the characteristics by referring back to peer reviewed articles. Preceptors are essential and irreplaceable in the nursing profession and in this paper will describe how they are active in every nurse’s life and profession. Characteristics of a Preceptor The qualities I think that is essential to be an excellent preceptor for someone in the nursing field is support/motivation. The preceptor must be an individual who has the senses to know when a nurse is struggling and give them the support needed to continue and push pass the obstacles they are facing because there are daily challenges that every nurse must face. The next characteristic that is important is the nurse must be knowledgeable in their area of nursing.
As nurse we must keep in mind that people may have beliefs and values that may be viewed different from the healthcare workers. Nurse must respected each patient beliefs and values. Health is individualized and personal that can be subjective and/or objective. Nurses must make individualized care plans and have goals to reach maximum health while preventing complications to promote health for all patients. There is a positive environment when everyone is collaborating and communicating to meet each patient individual