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Philosophy of Nursing Practice
The nursing profession is evolving to accommodate the constantly changing world of the health care field and to better serve those in need of care. Further, the standards of care and expectations are rising at a much faster rate than the nurses’ ability to keep pace with; which defies the nurse to question own quality of practice. While the focus of the nursing profession as a discipline is to improve human health and healing through caring, the components of caring remain multidimensional. The discipline of nursing embodies the science which answers questions of the “why, what & how” to add to the body of knowledge and the art of the profession is represented by the nursing practice (Monti & Tingen, 1999). The purpose of this paper is to discuss this writer’s personal philosophy of nursing, the influences that are aligned with the work of Florence Nightingale, and literature reviews that support the individual lens describing nursing practice.
Personal Philosophy of Nursing
Philosophy is an inquiry that aids a person to explain and analyze the common reasons to enrich lives and enhance understanding “about the very existence and experiences as human beings” (Butts & Rich, 2015, p 91). Hence, the personal philosophy of one’s nursing practice explores the person’s intentions and desires to practice within the discipline. This writer’s personal philosophy is concurred on providing a holistic, dignified, ethical, and safe nursing care to all in need. Further this writer’s personal and professional core values of kindness, respect, and honesty dictate and guide own day to day practice. Nursing as a discipline is characteriz...
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...ved by personal values and beliefs that incorporate holistic and dignified care. This writer possesses personal values of kindness, respect, and honesty to guide own philosophy of nursing which is to provide a holistic, dignified, ethical, and safe nursing care to all in need. Continuing to improve ones practice through a commitment to life long learning, accountability, competence, and professionalism is key in improving quality of care and advancing the practice of nursing.
Butts, J.B., and Rich, K.L. (2nd ed) (2015). Philosophies and theories for advanced nursing practice. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Monti, E. & Tingen, M. (1999). Multiple paradigms of nursing science. Advances in Nursing Science, 21(4), 64-80 17p.
Smith, M. & Parker, M. E. (2015). Nursing theories and nursing practice (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company.
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