Personal Philosophy of Nursing
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…
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,