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Nursing Philosophy: Personal Values And Personal Philosophy Of Nursing

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Personal Philosophy of Nursing

Introduction
For one to develop a nursing philosophy, one should first determine what philosophy means to them. As defined by Merriam Webster dictionary, philosophy is “a set of ideas about how to do something or how to live.” (Merriam-webster dictionary, 2016). Or as defined by Ayn Rand, in Philosophy, Who needs it (p.2), "Philosophy studies the fundamental nature of existence, of man, and of man 's relationship to existence. … In the realm of cognition, the special sciences are the trees, but philosophy is the soil which makes the forest possible." (Thomas, 2010). Philosophy is open to personal interpretation. By saying “philosophy is the soil which makes the forest possible” and “the special sciences are …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains natasha johnson's personal philosophy of nursing, which addresses four concepts: person, health, environment, and nurse.
  • Encourages patients to be kind, empathetic, and compassionate. they should see patients as human beings with lives and loved ones.
  • Opines to treat people the way they want to be treated, remembering that the small things truly matter, such as a smile, kind gesture, or kind words.
  • Opines that human beings deserve to be treated with respect and dignity in a time of need.
  • Opines that nursing/caring is truly a beautiful art form that not all have the privilege of embracing.
  • Argues that people should be self-reliant and responsible for their care, as well as others in their family who need care.
  • Explains that nursing is a form of action. it is an interaction between two or more people.
  • Explains that meeting universal and development self-care requisites is an important component of primary care prevention and ill health.
  • Explains that a novice/beginner has no clinical experience in the conditions in which they are expected to operate.
  • Explains stage 2: advanced beginner- a nurse now has some prior experience in clinical situations, which enables their knowledge to begin developing.
  • Explains that in the competence stage, an individual demonstrates skill sets of conus and deliberate planning, which allows them to work efficiently with a sense of organization.
  • Explains that a nurse has reached stage four or the proficient stage. they have gained knowledge that allows them expect situations and how plans of care may need to be modified in response to certain events.
  • Explains that they plan to make the most of their next four semesters, two years, here at etsu gaining the knowledge and skill sets needed in the field.
  • Explains that philosophy isn't something a nurse thinks about daily, but every nurse has one. personal values and experiences are what attracted this nursing student to the profession.
  • Explains that nursing philosophy is a set of ideas about how to do something or live. it is open to personal interpretation.
  • Explains that dorothea orem's theory focuses more on when to care for patients, while patricia benner’s theories focus on nurses acquiring their level of knowledge.
  • Explains that self-care and dependent care are behaviors learned within a socio-cultural context.
  • Explains orem and benner's theories, which express the act of caring for a human being, as knowledge, action, and motivation.

Prior to entering the professional role of nursing, a nurse should also determine the principals and personal values that will guide their nursing practice. Personal values, past experiences, and influences of other nurses are what attract many to the profession of nursing. Nurses have a profound impact on the lives of their patients, their families, and the community. Nursing is a constant process of building a prevalent knowledge base while maintaining a sense of compassion and empathy for those during a time of need. Nursing is more than a career, it is an art form that is continuously being molded by personal experiences and the gain of knowledge; what we do with it is that defines us as nurses.
Point #1 - Personal philosophy
This paper will explore the personal philosophy of a nursing student, Natasha Johnson, and address the personal values that are important within the nursing profession. This philosophy of nursing addresses four concepts; person, health, environment, and nurse. These four concepts make up our metaparadigm. All four concepts interrelate in a way that defines the …show more content…

Her theory explains how an individual can achieve or maintain a healthy state using self-care, directly or through the help of a nurse. When an individual becomes unable to provide care for themselves, the nurse would be responsible for providing the assistance needed. However, if the person is fully capable of providing their own basic self-care, the nurse’s role would then be come supporter/education of that self-care. Stated on the Nursing Theory Webpage Self Care Deficit Theory, “Orem 's theory is comprised of three related parts: (1) theory of self-care, (2) theory of self-care deficit, and (3) theory of nursing system” (Self care deficit theory,

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