The Metaparadigm In Nursing: My Philosophy Of Nursing

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Philosophy of Nursing Each individual nurse brings a distinctive set of values and beliefs to the table when entering nursing school. While these values may or may not be similar, every student has their own interpretation of what it means to be a nurse, and what awaits them. Luckily, commonality of instruction ensures the next generation of nurses acquires the tools required for greatness. By combining the fundamentals of nursing with those individual values a student nurse will have a solid foundation in which to build upon. For this reason, a discussion must be made about the four basic aspects of nursing: person, health, environment, and nurse, not to mention where a nurse should find themselves five years after graduating from nursing school. The purpose of this paper is to describe the metaparadigm of nursing and theories related to the metaparadigm as well as personal five year goals.

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Upon graduation, a nurse is a competent caregiver, and chosen an area of specialization. In these first 2-4 years, new nurses learn to master their new profession and start specializing in their fields of interest. Depending on how that field captures the nurse’s passion, determines how fast they become specialized. However, at the five-year mark, an experienced nurse should know if they should continue their education, and how they would like to proceed with their career. Some nurses choose to advance by and becoming a nurse practitioner, or return to academia in order to teach the next generation, and many will be content with remaining in their specialty. Whatever the decision, those five years of experience will help determine that path. Focus on the basics, such as the meta-paradigm of nursing, provides a solid start—but it is the individual nurse who determines their

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