My Nursing Philosophy

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Every nurse’s philosophy develops through education and experience. As I reflect on my clinical experiences and nursing education thus far, I acknowledge that I have unknowingly developed a set of values, beliefs, and virtues that makes up my personal nursing philosophy. As I move forward in my nursing education, the values and beliefs that I have associated with a diverse patient population, health, the environment, and the role of the professional nurse will progress with me. The central concepts and themes that define the art of nursing are described and formalized as the nursing metaparadigm. Nursing’s main metaparadigm concepts include: (1) the person (the patient), (2) the environment, (3) health, and (4) nursing, and
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The Person (Patient) All nursing philosophies will have differing definitions of the four metaparadigms of nursing; however, all share a common and important focal point: the patient. Of the four concepts, the most important is the person and the four concepts are related in that they all work together to improve patient care. Nursing theorist, Jean Watson, emphasizes the personal relationship between patient and nurse in her Human Caring Science Theory, wherein she highlights the role of the nurse in defining the patient as a unique human being to be valued, respected, nurtured, understood, and assisted (American Nurses Association, 2015). As nurses we must see our patients as much more than just a physical human being – the person represents individualized needs, culture, and behavior. Nursing care is planned on the basis of the patient’s physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs – it sees the wholeness of the patient. A patient’s cultural preferences and comfort level should also be taken into account. All patients should be given the autonomy to make informed decisions about their healthcare plan and feel satisfied with their care.
The environment is a multifaceted concept that can affect a patient’s health and well-being, and is one that should be accommodated in the healthcare plan. The ANA defines the environment as including
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