The practice of nursing not only involves applying knowledge but the ability to differentiate the needs of the client and being empathetic to their needs. Hence, the importance of holistic nursing and not only being for the client but for the clients family as well. Holistic nursing is defined as “all nursin... ... middle of paper ... ... practice of medicine, combined with addressing holistic needs of the patient and family, including the physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional, spiritual and social care as it relates to being competent in nursing. Conclusion Throughout this philosophy paper, I have explored what nursing is based on my personal values and beliefs as it relates to the body of work in nursing. I value the importance of holistic nursing and the care of patients being individualized for them and their family.
Personal Nursing Philosophy Nursing has developed from its original roots, to become a personal philosophy to those who practice it. This paper describes my personal philosophy of nursing that I plan to practice in my own personal career. I believe that nursing is founded on the principles of it being a helping process with a focus on interpersonal relationships between a nurse and someone else. Nursing not only involves treating an illness, but it also provides quality patient-centered care. My philosophy involves having a strong base knowledge of medicine as well as being able to provide compassionate patient-centered care.
I have the desire to help and care for those in need, and I feel this has ultimately led me to choose a career in nursing. My personal nursing philosophy is one that is centered on compassion and service to not only the patients, but to their families and the community. Before I enter into this profession, I believe it is important to explore the principles and values that will guide me though my nursing career. My philosophy of nursing will merge the knowledge I have learned from school, and blends it with relational and compassionate care for each patient. I will focus on the empowerment of the patient in the delivery of holistic and evidence based practices of nursing care.
I will describe how this theory can be applied in practice and show an example from my own practice. Jean Watson’s theory of transpersonal caring defines the outcome of nursing activity in regard to the humanistic aspects of life. This theory involves the philosophy and science of caring. Watson’s model is based around the caring process, assisting patients in maintaining health or in dying peacefully. “Care can be considered simply an ethical task and thus a burden of one more thing to do, or it can be considered a commitment to attending to and becoming enthusiastically involved in the patient’s needs” (Applying the Ethics of Care to your Nursing Practice, page 116).
Building therapeutic relationships allows the patient to feel supported and understood and may help to provide health information, which may otherwise be held in a nontherapeutic relationship. Other values I practice often are advocating, listening, autonomy, and beneficence. I truly believe everyone is an expert in their own health and deserve the time to express their concerns. I also feel very strongly about people having the right to be in charge of their health. In my nursing practice, I vow to always listen to my clients and advocate to promote a holistic well-being of the individual.
This paper explains the personal nursing philosophy I plan to convey in my nursing career. I believe a nurse is someone with a calling who dedicates their life to helping those in need. Nursing is more than treating an illness; it focuses on delivering quality patient care that is individualized to the needs of each patient. Nursing is to be able to incorporate the knowledge of medicine and compassionate caring while respecting the integrity of each patient. I believe nursing care should be holistic while honoring patient values.
Holistic nursing to me is a practice of applying both subjective and objective patient assessment into the plan of care. Not only do we need to look at the physical condition of the patient, but also their social and environmental factors that influence their state of health. When this application process is incorporated into the patient plan of care, we are incorporating all aspects of the patient’s life that help define and create their ideal state of health. In review of several nursing theories discussed by Montgomery-Dossey and Keegan (2012), which incorporate the aspect of holistic nursing practice, I found that Jean Watson’s Theory of Transpersonal Caring was most closely linked to aspects of my current nursing practice. Theory Jean Watson looks at holistic nursing as an aspect of viewing each patient individually, and believes that “…the whole is greater than, and different from the, the sum of the parts” (Montgomery-Dossey & Keegan, 2013, p. 122).
Personal Philosophy of Nursing Victoria Alexander Saint John’s College of Nursing Abstract: This paper is my personal nursing philosophy and how I plan to live out my nursing career not just after graduation but throughout my schooling. Nursing is obviously about patient care, but it is so much more than that. At Saint John’s Hospital we believe in Care, Respect, Joy, and Competence. This is a beautiful way of thinking about nursing. It is not just about treating the illness, it is also about treating the patient’s needs that are more than just health.
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.
Someone who is not in the nursing profession might not understand and define a nurse, as one who is practicing the nursing profession. When looking for a definition that I feel describes nursing, I found the following; “Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings, it includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.” (“Definition of Nursing,” 2015). My personal definition of nursing would very similar. To me a nurse is someone who cares for all individuals, whether healthy or ill with a goal that consists of promoting their health and well-being. When asking yourself the question why nursing exist one could just reflect back on the definition of nursing.