My Personal Nursing Philosophy

1413 WordsSep 15, 20176 Pages
I chose the profession of nursing due to my ever present desire to help others. As a child, my family supported and nurtured my natural tendency to want to support and care for others. Nursing has given me the opportunity to truly make a difference in someone’s life. My patient’s successful journey to better health is due in part to the nursing care, education, and service I provided. I believe one of the most important pieces of successful nursing care is providing the patient and family the tools needed to maintain their optimal level of health. To give someone the tools to help themselves is not only important, it is also one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. The purpose of this paper is to explore my personal nursing philosophy,…show more content…
It also includes the families, communities, and other groups who are involved in the life of the patient (Peterson & Bredow, 2017). When providing nursing care, the focus should not be on the physical properties of the person and treating their illness alone. I believe nurses should always take into account the person’s emotions, culture, family structure, and spiritual beliefs when providing care and developing future self-care plans. Each aspect of the person, as described by the nursing metaparadigm, can affect the patient’s progress toward optimal well-being. When constructing a patient plan of care, consideration needs to be placed on their physical and intellectual needs; their thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and their support network. A holistic view of the person allows the nurse to connect with patients on a personal level and develop care plans that are individually tailored. Health is described by McEwen & Wills (2014) as the ability to function independently, having successful adaptation to life’s stressors, achieving one’s full life potential, and having unity of mind, body, and soul. As nurses, our focus is not only on treating physiologic ailments, we are also concerned with a patient’s emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being. We must understand that all levels of a patient’s health are equally important and restoring unity among levels is our optimal goal. Health is also
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