A Nursing Manifesto
Indiana Wesleyan University
GNUR 510 Theoretical Perspectives for Nurse Educators
May 20th, 2015
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A Nursing Manifesto
My personal philosophy of nursing is founded in the Christian principle of…show more content… The pervasive influence of scientific empiricism and Darwinism, “inevitably resulted in the establishment of the idea that the final reality is impersonal matter or energy being shaped into its present form by impersonal chance” (Schaeffer, 1981, p. 18). This change in worldview caused the removal of one of the basic foundations of nursing, the Bible. Throughout the Gospels we see that the ultimate purpose for physical healing was to restore people to a vital relationship with God and the community” (Shelly and Miller, 2006, p.24). Being able to demonstrate the value of this goal for today’s nurse is another important reason for me to understand nursing theory and history and how it applies to my philosophy of nursing.
The Nursing Meta-paradigm
The Presence of God
A tapestry is a perfect metaphor for the nursing metaparadigm that I operate under. The warp, or lengthwise threads, represent the Presence of God, which is ever present and the foundation of reality. The warp is the foundation upon which the rest of the tapestry is built. These long threads are the strength of the fabric. “The healing fruit of the God of Peace purifies us and separates us from ill health, aligning us to wholeness of spirit, soul, and body. This causes us to live in health and well-being” (Abildness, 2010, p.17). Bringing God’s Presence and restorative Power into very area of our practice is the key to healing and