Essay On My Nursing Philosophy

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Nursing is more than treating an illness; "it is protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations”( According to Dorothea Orem’s self care deficit theory our purpose as a nurses is to care for individuals well or sick, acting and doing for another, guiding and directing patients, providing physical and psychological support and teaching(Masters,2009, p. 59). This paper explains my personal nursing philosophy that I implement to use in my career as a nurse.

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When patient has family around they have a reason to keep living, the family encourages them when they are down and makes sure that their loved ones are being taken care of. Sometimes the only way you can collect a patient 's history is if the family member is around, because the patient cannot remember.Another reason why family is important is because they can be taught how to take care of the patient when the patient is discharged to go home. As a nurse one cannot be an island, you have to learn to work with others. Caring for the patient takes more than one discipline. For a patient to receive good care there has to be inter-discplinary collaboration and communication. We have to learn to communicate with one another in a respectable manner.Each member of the healthcare team is important, everybody has a role to play in the patients care with the ultimate goal of helping the patient to get better. As a nurse it is important for me to take care of myself and be in good health.After gaining all this knowledge about health my goal is to practice what I have learned and minimize the bad habits that will jeopardize my health. For example it is easier to teach a patient about smoking cessation when you don 't smoke
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