My Journey Of Development As A Nursing Student

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Introduction
In my life, I have matured, evolved, and have gained an understanding of myself. Prior to entering the nursing program, my views of nursing were biased towards the science of nursing. I was interested in the math, calculations, and the application of treatments. As my first year draws to an end, I have developed an appreciation for what it takes to be an effective nurse. I have discovered that holistic care is an important approach that nurses should embody. The purpose of this paper is to reflect on my journey of development as a nursing student and how I believe that holistic care is a pivotal component in nursing. My experiences have shaped me, which in turn has helped me to identify my personal philosophy that will be reflected in my nursing career.

Holistic Care
The concept of holistic care has evolved throughout nursing history to be effectively used within nursing education and practice. Since the 1980s, the profession of nursing began a widespread move away from the biomedical approach, developing alternatives, which were tailored towards individualized patients (Orpet & Welsh, 2011). Holistic care is defined as all nursing practices that incorporate healing the whole person as its goal (Love, 2014). Holistic nursing is based on a philosophy of living and being that is grounded in caring, relationships, and interconnectedness. A holistic nurse recognizes and integrates the principles and modalities of holistic healing into daily life and clinical
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