Nursing Practice: My Personal Philosophy Of Nursing

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Throughout the semester, I have applied teachings and reviewed literature to understand theory in nursing practice. With this knowledge and a theoretical application, a personal philosophy of nursing has evolved. My personal philosophy of nursing is empathetically caring (nursing) and treating patients (person) to achieve their optimal (health) state to get back to serving their communities (environment). It is my goal as a future Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepared Nurse Practitioner (NP) to help patients reach and maintain their desired health status. This incorporates the patient’s willingness to heal and thrive in their environment. My personal philosophy of nursing includes the nursing metaparadigm of person, environment, health,…show more content…
When treating a patient, I am treating them as a whole and analyzing all of their needs. As a future NP, I will see patient populations of different age, ethnicity, and gender. A person has his or her own ways of living, behaving, and thriving in this world (McEwen, 2014). It is an integral part of my care as a future NP to truly understand my patient and assess their needs accurately. For example, although a patient may be complaining of a sore throat upon examination, there might be underlying psychosocial needs warranting treatment. To properly care for my future patients, I plan to develop personalized and creative care that engages the patient in his or her care. In order to provide personalized and engaging care, I must first assess their health status or their current state of being (McEwen, 2014). Health is also defined as the ability of one to live his or her life (McEwen, 2014). Health is the summation of physical, intellectual, and spiritual concepts (McEwen, 2014). Health is influenced by culture, lifestyle choices, and genetics (McEwen, 2014). An external factor affecting a person’s health is their environment (McEwen,…show more content…
She defined what nursing is and what it is not (Willis, 2014). The purpose of this theory was to describe the ideals of nursing (Willis, 2014). The concepts of the theory inadvertently related to the nursing metaparadigm concepts of person, nursing, health, and environment (Willis, 2014). This relationship defined the nursing profession (Willis, 2014). Nightingale emphasized the importance of a clean environment that a patient lives in and fresh air for optimal healing (Zborowsky, 2014). Nightingale identified noise, healthy food choices, proper sleep quarters, and personal hygiene as additional variables to achieving greater health outcomes (Willis,
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