The True Nursing: My Philosophy Of Nursing

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Nursing is a profession that prides itself in integrity, honesty and trustworthiness. True nursing revolves around service and commitment to the wellbeing of others, prevention of illness, and promotion of good health. I believe this is the hallmark of nursing.
My philosophy of nursing is summed up in one abridged sentence; “Treat all patients the same way you would want your family members to be treated”. The implication of this statement is that patients must be given the best quality of care regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic status, religious preference, or whatever poor judgement they must have made which may have resulted in their need for care. Every person deserves respect and dignity, regardless of
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Every nurse must hold accountability as a core value. Being accountable for your actions, means that you learn and continually update yourself on current practices. It also means being responsible as a member of the medical team. The two most important values that I identify with are dignity and autonomy. Dignity is defined as “the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed. (Webster, 1828). Treating patients with respect and dignity can make the difference in their response to illness. Patients want to be treated as individuals that have a medical condition and are seeking help and in the same vein be treated with respect.
Autonomy is another value that I cherish in patient care. Autonomy is descried as giving control and right to the individual to make choices (Cherry & Jacob, 2013). This is so important because nobody wants to lose their ability to make choices and make decisions. Autonomy is letting the patients make their decisions concerning their diagnosis and how health care is provided for them. To me giving the patient the ability to exercising autonomy is empowerment. For instance, I like to give my patients the choice to make decisions from the very little things such as if they would like to shave by themselves or would have someone shave for them, to the not so little choices as to making major decisions about diagnosis and treatment
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