Political Process by Kelly Rose

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Wise, confident, advocate, kind and ethical is the way that I define a registered nurse. Everyone thinks of a nurse in their own way with a lot of the lay public thinking a nurse is simply the doctor’s helper. However, nursing is so much more than that it is being there for you patient to provide the most holistic care within your ability. Nursing is being there for your patient in whatever needs they need met, communicating with the interdisciplinary team and helping restore them to their most optimal function both mentally and physically. According to Webster’s Dictionary a nurse is defined as, “a person who is trained to care for sick or injured people and who usually works in a hospital or doctor’s office”(Meriam-Webster,2014). Over the last two years in nursing school my philosophy of nursing has evolved to be even stronger beliefs. At first I started out believing that the majority of nursing is based on kindness and wanting to help others. As I still stand on this today I have realized that nursing is that plus so much more. First, I believe that every nurse must uphold a level of knowledge in which they can use to care for their patient. However, as I am fixing to graduate and have still not completed all the hands-on nursing task there is one important thing I have learned. It matters what tasks you can perform, but those can be taught clinically however the person that you are and the personality you exhibit cannot be taught clinically. A nurse must be friendly, confident, kind and be able to communicate with others. Communication and the way a nurse presents her communication cannot be taught like inserting a peripherally intravenous catheter can. I whole-heartedly believe that the kind a... ... middle of paper ... ...nurses have to preform clinical duties like medication, Foley catheter, inserting IV’s and doing assessments but they do much more than that. Nurses must also communicate with other health care team members as well as the patient and the patient’s family. As Peter Crosta says, “Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles" (Crosta, 2009). A nurse is kind, collaborative and knowledgeable and always there for their patients in all aspects of healthcare and life issues.

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