What do you think of when you think of the nursing profession? International Council of Nurses defined nursing as “an integral part of the health care system, encompasses the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled people of all ages, in all health care and other community settings”. However, I personally believe that nursing is so much more than that. I will discuss throughout this paper my own personal nursing philosophy, which I believe to be a major part of the nursing profession. I will talk about some key concepts of my personal nursing theory which includes the nursing process, the four meta-paradigms of nursing, and the application of my philosophy that I use with my current
Nursing is considered one of the most trusted professions in the world. It is an essential part in the caregiving of sick, injured, and even healthy individuals. Developing a philosophy with any profession is the beginning basis of any practice. The nursing philosophy is usually incorporated from the science of nursing. That is because the field of health care is constantly changing, which causes the need of better competence in the health field of providing caring (Flagg, 2015). With nursing it starts by the science behind it. Then along with knowledge and experiences, that is when the nursing philosophy is developed. Researching differences between new ideas and cultural differences can then expand the viewpoint into a bigger picture.
Personal Philosophy of Nursing Why does one choose a career in nursing? There are usually several reason one may choose to become a nurse; however, nursing is one of those professions that often chooses the person rather than the other way around. Nursing is a calling, a mission, and a life’s work. It is a culmination of compassion, service, knowledge, teamwork, integrity, and perseverance. While it is true that one may receive the title “Registered Nurse” by going to school and passing an exam, this author believes nursing is something that lives inside a person; it is an inherent desire to heal, protect, advocate, and serve.
Introduction According to Chitty & Black (2014) the philosophy of nursing is defined as beliefs and values that are the bases for how we think and act in our nursing careers. Similar to a nursing philosophy, a personal philosophy includes a person’s specific beliefs and values. The purpose of this paper is to start evolving my own personal nursing philosophy that contains my own beliefs and values that I will take with me throughout my career as a registered nurse. Nursing is defined as providing autonomy and care for individuals of different cultures, ages, health status and more in health promotion, prevention and caring of all people (Nursing, n.d).
My Philosophy of Nursing The American Nursing Association defines nursing as ““protection, promotion, and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (American Nurse Association, 2011, p. 7). There is so much more to nursing as a whole moreover throughout this paper I will be examining my own personal nursing philosophy, which is what I believe is the core characteristics of nursing, the approach of my nursing philosophy, along with my belief and value system of caring, compassion, advocacy, respect, honesty and integrity. I will be discussing my choice of becoming a nurse, what
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.
Personal Nursing Philosophy My personal nursing philosophy is built upon my underlying Christian value system, united with the theory of Virginia Henderson, and an underlying holistic approach to patient care. By combining these elements, I have developed a philosophy that allows for an integrative approach in delivering patient services. Providing clinical treatment, education, and empathy while involving the patient in their care achieves a win-win situation for all. I have adapted my practice to address the primary needs of each patient; education and treatment are modified to attain the best outcome for every client.
As I reflect on my nursing journey, I realize that I have unknowingly created a set of values and beliefs for myself, otherwise known as my personal nursing philosophy. A product of my knowledge obtained from my interactions with diverse group of patients from the inner city of the Bronx to the suburbs of Milford CT. As I continue to advance in my career, my ethics associated with a diverse patient population, has help me navigate into a nurse who sees the patient as a holistic being. As Thorne states in theoretical basis of nursing “nursing practice facilitates, supports, and assists individuals, families, communities, and societies to enhance, maintain, and recover health and to reduce and ameliorate the effects of illness” (Thorne et al., 1998).
Nursing is unique to the healthcare industry because nurses use a holistic approach. Holistic care involves caring for patients as a whole, with an awareness of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions and needs (Crawford, 2010). This statement to me explains why nurses are so unique to the healthcare. A nurse’s care for patients is about additional needs rather than just the physical needs. Patients are cared for by nurses on every level.