In this paper I will discuss my philosophy of nursing and my definition of nursing. My definition of nursing is that nursing is an autonomous and caring profession. Nursing is an art and science that promotes health through patient-centered care. While respecting patients’ right to self-determination. Nursing provides holistic care during health, illness and death. EKU CHS DBGN (2015/2016)
In order to posit one’s personal philosophy he or she must have a clear understanding regarding self and the specific area (Nursing). The Cambridge Online Dictionary (2016) defined personal as “ relating or belonging to a single or particular person rather than to a group or an organization”. Doheny et al. (1997) defined philosophy as “beliefs of a person or group of persons and reveals underlying values and attitude regarding an area (as cited in Masters, 2017). Maville and Huerta (2013) state that Fawcett’s metaparadigm is often used to define and delineate the scope of nursing. Masters stated the purpose of one’s personal philosophy is to define how he or she finds truth. As a result each individual philosophy purported will be unique. This paper will seek to define, describe and explain my thoughts, feelings and belief regarding the four concepts of nursing metaparadigm and their interrelationship as well as their influence on my current nursing practice.
Nursing is proving care, support, and serve people who are in need. The purpose of nursing is to improve patient 's health condition to a better life. The goal of this paper is to explain my personal philosophy and clarify some of my values of nursing.
My personal beliefs of nursing is that it's a rewarding profession that upholds high standards to care for its patients respectively. It should always be about the patient. That should be the number one priority in health care facilities. Although, it's not an easy career to join, it's worth the hard work in the end. Nursing is a great career to have for anyone with compassion and a kind heart to care for people in general. There are many components when it comes to nursing. My shared thoughts about it are having a high competency level of knowledge and experience to care for patients, developing a healthy relationship between the nurse and patient, bringing up ways to improve the scope of nursing,etc. I'm not a nurse at the this moment,
Being a nurse is not always as easy and picture perfect as people paint it to be. A nurse is expected to act perfectly professional, even when tears, anger and all-around emotions are begging to come out. A nurse must always be the one that has their life together, especially when others do not. They are there to be the ones to hold and care for others in desperate times of need. Nurses are expected to be more than just a nurse, but rather an advocate, caregiver, support system and professional. There are 5 professional values that are associated with the description of a nurse.
As one embarks on their developmental path into their professional career it is essential to have a definition and philosophy of what that career means. My definition of nursing is congruent with that of the Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Health Sciences Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Program which states, “Nursing is an autonomous and caring profession. Nursing is an art and science that promotes health through patient-centered care. While respecting patients’ rights to self-determination, nursing provides holistic care during health, illness, and death” (EKU CHS DBGN. 2015/2016, p.6). The focus of this paper will be to discuss my nursing philosophy which expands on two of the four core values expressed by the EKU CHS DBGN- nursing (holistic care) and health (spiritual).
In nursing programs throughout the United States, there are various nursing philosophies with different emphasis on multiple beliefs. After exploring Immaculata University’s nursing philosophy, I concluded that it coincides with my own nursing philosophy with a focus on assisting individuals by promoting, restoring, maintain health, and to assisting them to die with dignity. Although the nursing philosophy is similar to mine, I believe that nursing philosophy consists of having compassion, professionalism, and providing safe care.
Having a nursing philosophy is the foundation that a nurse uses and builds upon during their nursing career. My personal philosophy attempts to answers questions such as, “what is nursing?” and “what does nursing mean to me”. Nursing involves far more than just taking care of a patient; nursing is a career that requires a certain passion, dedication, and commitment. In this paper, the idea of holistic caring with the use of compassion and respect for the patient, and the ideas of patient-centered care is explained and described. Additionally, the use of the four nursing metaparadigms helped link the connection between the the patient and nurse. Focusing on the idea that nursing should be patient driven and focus on the values and needs of
Health care professions are some of the most challenging, yet rewarding occupations today. The health care team works together to bring quality medical care and treatment to patients. Registered nurses are highly respected and continue to be an essential part of the health care community, according to the Bureau and Labor Statistics, “nurses are the largest health care occupation.” Registered nurses job description focuses on patient care, some of the many responsibilities of nurses are the following: observe patients and record observations, maintain patients medical records, work with physician and medical staffing to devise a plan of treatment, administer medicine and treatments, and instruct patients and family members of such treatment
However, she was able to link the person’s health with the environment through nursing so she was able to interrelate all four concepts into one circumstance (Potter & Perry, 2013). The primary focus of the first concept, nursing, is that the nurse is to give the patient the best possible conditions to thrive in by controlling the factors that affect the health and healing and taking “charge of somebody’s health” (Nightingale, 1860 p. 1). The person in the environmental model was never really defined by Nightingale, but is multidimensional and simply the patient receiving the care. The person is impacted by the environment which leads me into the third concept of environment. Everything that surrounds the person either internally or externally, could play some part in how the person heals (Masters, 2012). According to Nightingale, one of the nurse’s roles is to make changes within the environment to allow thriving and healing. Also, “poor or difficult environments led to poor health and disease”. Lastly, Nightingale states that health is “not only to be well, but to be able to use well every power we have” (“Theories of Florence Nightingale”, 2012). She believed that through the environment and nature, the illness could be cured (Masters,
Each and every nurse has their own thoughts and feelings about how the nursing profession should perform their duties. Many theories have also been presented for how the nursing profession should practice. There is no right or wrong answer. Sometimes a combination of thoughts and/or theories provide the best approach for the nurse. As a nurse begins her career and continues to practice, she will develop her own views and a personal philosophy to follow.
My overall nursing philosophy is based on my personal belief and core values such as altruism, integrity and empathy for my fellow human being. I feel that these values come from my early childhood and have guided me like a compass on my path to nursing.
Having a personal philosophy of nursing helps to clarify our beliefs and values and see how they fit into our nursing practice. Those beliefs guide our practice but inversely our area of practice also determines our conceptualization of nursing. So, a personal nursing philosophy is both influenced by individual definitions and the nature of practice. No matter your skills level your philosophy of nursing dictate how you care for your patients. Every nurse practices according to a philosophy of nursing based on individual beliefs and values whether it is conscious or not. However, I believe no nurse practices within the limits of one theory.
My most important reason for choosing professional nursing as a career is my compassion for people and the belief that without strong compassionate caregivers our world would be a very sad place. My best example of this is my Uncle Ricky who was born with Down Syndrome and just turned 58 this year. My grandmother has shared her story of when Ricky was born. After she gave birth the doctors came in and recommended she put Ricky in an institution and forget she ever gave birth to him. Although he had no physical or life threatening health problems, the doctors said he probably wouldn’t live very long and would just cause my grandma heartache. As my grandma cried, the doctors left and a single nurse remained in the room and did something
Philosophy of nursing is statements of belief about nursing and expression of value in nursing profession that are used as bases for thinking.