Nursing Philosophy Of Nursing

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According to Petiprin (2016) “A philosophy of nursing is an approach to nursing, usually created by individual nurses in their own daily practice in the field. A nurse uses his or her philosophy of nursing to explain what he or she believes nursing is, the role nursing plays in the health care field, and how he or she interacts with patients.” Ethics are also addressed in a philosophy of nursing. Petiprin (2016) also states “A philosophy of nursing guides a nurse as he or she practices each day. Personal philosophies of nursing are guided by nursing theories or models which help the nurse interact and provide the best care he or she can for the patient.” The Theory of Comfort by Katharine Kolcaba helps guide my personal philosophy of nursing in my everyday nursing practice. Working on a Surgical Oncology unit, comfort for the patient and their families is essential in their care and the healing process for both. Comfort is subjective and individualized. Several factors including physical, environmental, social, and psycho-spiritual each affect the comfort level of a patient. Comfort is individualized and perceived differently by each patient and the nurse providing the care (Lamino, Turrini, & Kolcaba, 2014). The initial nurse-patient interaction sets the tone for the nurse-patient relationship. Getting to know the patient, understanding the patients’ beliefs and finding out what is important to the patient and their family helps guide the nurse in the planning of the care for the patient. Working in oncology, discussing an advanced directive, if the patient has a DNR (do not resuscitate) and medical power of attorney is something that I encounter every shift. It is different for every patient depending on their cultural a... ... middle of paper ... each intervention after implementation is next in the nursing process. This can be subjective or objective. Subjective would be the patient stating that they are comfortable or their stated comfort goal has been achieved. Objective would include the visibility of a wound healing or lab resulting indicating that there is a decrease in infection by a demonstrating a white blood cell count within normal range. Comfort plays a part in every aspect of my personal philosophy of nursing from the initial interaction with the patient and family, the daily care and recovery phase, and in the discharge phase making sure the patient and family feel comfortable and confident in going home and providing self-care. Comfort is essential in the healing process of the oncology patients I care for. It is a goal I strive to obtain every day and with every patient I interact wi

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