My Philosophies Of My Personal Philosophy Of Nursing

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Philosophy of Nursing
Sarah J. Marschner
Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville, GA Philosophy of Nursing As a current nursing student, my experience within the field of medicine is limited. My first higher education pathway was in music performance, and when focal dystonia interrupted that passion of mine, I went on to study art and architectural historic preservation. My medical background consists of several years of experience working in the field of dentistry, as well as working as a “nurse” at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in Bristol, England in the 1990’s. According to the ANA, nursing is defined as the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. (ANA, 2010, p.1) My personal definition of nursing is that it is the caring and support given to individuals or groups during their personal responses to illness, injury, and the promotion of wellness. Nursing care is an
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I give much credence to the core principles of the theory: loving kindness, authentic presence, and cultivation of the wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit. Emotional, religious, social, and cultural beliefs have an enormous effect on the healing capacity of each individual. Honoring values and beliefs of each individual maintains the dignity needed to move forward with successful and collaborative planning, treatment, and care. I’m admittedly awed by the continuous and fascinating scientific revelations of present-day medical science and research. However, without the human aspect of a loving, caring, kind environment, and the ability to believe in miracles, the field of medicine would be nothing but robotic, mechanistic
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