Nursing Philosophy

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In 2005 Fawcett stated “the metaparadigm of professional nursing incorporates four concepts: human beings, environment, health, and nursing” (as sited in Kearney, 2012, p. 4). This paper discusses my philosophy of nursing by stating my own personal definitions, values, and assumptions regarding each of the above mentioned concepts. My paper concludes with an exemplar from my own nursing practice and how I integrated my nursing philosophy into that particular clinical situation. Fawcett states in professional nursing “human beings represent the individual, family, group, or community receiving care, each with unique characteristics” (2005, as sited in Kearney, 2012, p. 4). Kearney (2012) describes learning as “affective, cognitive and psychomotor” (p.13). For a definition of human beings in my practice I think Kearney’s statement points to an even deeper truth. I am aware that all human beings have an affective, cognitive, and psychomotor nature to them. I believe that when I as a nurse connect on any one, two, or all three of these levels with any other individual, family, group or community both parties are in some way permanently influenced. My definition of human beings in my practice includes then all those individuals past, present, and future that I influence and who influence me. Concerning my value for human beings, I believe all life is God given, and any individual, family, group or community I connect with is entitled to my deepest respect. My assumption and worldview is that all human beings need loving respectful connections with each other in order to survive. Connection with other human beings is at the heart of my nursing practice. All opportunities for nursing care including: teaching, prev... ... middle of paper ... ... joy Mrs. L got from seeing her cat. Health in this scenario is shown mostly notably when Mrs. L got relief from Morphine and stated she knew she was going to die but felt “ok for now”. Health in this case was measured by an improvement in pain and not an absence of illness. Finally, nursing in this scenario is exemplified in many ways. In the paragraph above I begin by ensuring the patient’s confidentiality. Mrs. L was placed at the center of care. I collaborated with other nurses and all those in the environment to assure the best care possible. Through direct care, teaching and advocacy I delivered the exact type of care I would wish for myself, or someone I loved, if I were in Mrs. L’s place. Works Cited Kearney, N.R. (2012). Advancing your career: Concepts of professional nursing (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis
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