It has been a difficult road and at times even discouraging but I believe to be a determined person who has dreams and goals to become all that I can while making a difference. I also want to be able to offer my children a stable future and life; with the demand and need for nurses, I believe I can accomplish that. Desiring to be a nurse has been a great aspiration of mine, as I get closer, I am very proud of what I have accomplished thus far and look forward to what’s in store, working for my MSN is only the beginning as this has become a passion for me. Being a nurse means more than just someone who cares for the sick but someone who holds the passion to do it. Working in the medical field has proven to be more of a reward than a task.
I chose nursing as my profession because nursing is my ideal profession. In nursing, I can provide others with the care and the knowledge they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I can also give others the love and attention they need to be proud of the life they live. I think that society is very vulnerable and I want to make great contributions to the world of nursing. I don’t just want to be a nurse.
The nursing practice is governed by a wide range of ethical standards that regulate the behaviour and performance of the practitioners in this field. Being a delicate profession, personal morals and virtues influence the behaviour of the practitioners at various levels. On various occasions, health professionals are faced with ethical dilemmas that require critical decision making to arrive at a resolution that conforms to the standards that govern this profession. Therefore, all practitioners should be armed to face numerous challenges within their experience in nursing practise and be equipped with strategies to work out quick solutions to these challenges. In my nursing experience, there are various personal, cultural and spiritual values that contribute to my worldview and philosophy in nursing.
Leininger understood that each person is a unique individual and that their differences should be appreciated in order to build a nurse/patient relationship based off of mutual trust and respect (Bailey, 2009). Her theory advocated for providing not only culturally competent care, but also patient-centered care (McCance, McKenna, & Boore, 1999).
It is of high importance in health care due to the fact that nurses often care for vulnerable patients who may not be able to advocate for themselves in time of needs. Nurses must show patient advocacy by assisting the patient to choose decisions that are beneficial to the patient as well as informing them of their rights (Cole, Wellard, & Mummery, 2014). Because an individual has a right to self-determination and the freedom to choose what is best for themselves, patient advocacy that involves informing the patient should always be done in a professional manner with respect, honesty and dignity (Hanks, 2008). And nurses must show empathy and support of the decision a patient makes. It is also important for nurses to respect and encourage a patient advocacy and continue to ensure the choices of their patients are honored and respected despite of their opinions or beliefs on about them.
The human being includes physical, mental, spiritual, and intellectual factors that are considered in the nursing profession. My view of each individual person has affected my practice in that I believe it is essential to view each person in a holistic approach, analyze, and assist in meeting basic physical needs. Because of this belief, it affects the way I practice in that I am careful to assess both physical and psychological states during all nurse-patient interactions. Health Health is a state of well being, allowing humans to care for themselves independently. Everyone’s health condition is different and every person has a different perception of health.
I believe that nursing should be a holistic approach, dealing with a patient’s body, mind, and soul. It is definitely a physically demanding job, but equally as important is the demand for emotional commitment. My past academic performance, as well as my personal qualities, provides the foundation for my career. A core characteristic of a successful nurse is teamwork and the ability to act as the liaison between the patients and the other members of the patients’ care teams. Besides working well in a team, it is also important to seek out help when necessary.
The nursing care that I continually strive to provide encompasses compassion, honesty, and empathy. I feel that it is important to remember that people are people, not just diseases and illnesses and should be treated as such. The idea of person encompasses not only self, but also individuals, families, and communities; the person is the true focus of the nursing profession for me. The main goal of nursing care is to assist others in achieving optimal health or comfort and acceptance.
She also took the time to get to know and care about my grandfather’s surrounding family. She is a nurse I aspire to be like. Though in the fast paced settings of hospitals and offices it is hard to take time to do such a thing, I hope I can. If I am able to bring a little more comfort into the lives of patients and their families then, I think I am encompassing one of the great qualities it takes to have a career in nursing. Another reason I want to become a nurse came from my mother.
A profession is more than just learning a set number of skills or acting in a particular way. Even though nurses do not have complete autonomy in decision-making and practice, Nursing should be considered a profession because it requires an extended education and has a theoretical body of knowledge. No one factor can delineate a job from a profession. To act professionally, means to administer care in a conscientious and knowledgeable way without impeding harm on others. The nursing profession remains committed to the care and nurturing of both healthy and ill people, individually, or in groups, or communities (Cherry & Jacob, 2008).