My Personal Philosophy Of Nursing

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Personal Philosophy of Nursing Introduction The development of a philosophy related to the profession of nursing is important in that it provides a framework for the nurse to base his/her work on. Philosophy is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means”. In other words, philosophies are based on beliefs and assumptions with an overall goal of obtaining an objective which states the nurse’s purpose in the profession. In my undergraduate nursing program I was exposed to multiple nursing concepts that guided my practice. Coupled with my ten years of experience in the nursing field, I was enabled to formulate my own framework or guide to …show more content…

For the purposes of this paper, I will refer to the entity receiving nursing care as the client. The health and well-being of a client is dependent upon the synchrony of five aspects that co-exist in the client’s life: physical health, psychologic health, social networks, cultural needs, and spiritual needs. A client possesses self-care interventions, such as skills, knowledge and tools to keep these aspects in balance. Dorothea Orem’s self-care deficit theory (SCDT) explains “Self-care, or care for oneself, must be learned and be deliberately performed for life, human functioning, and well-being” (Smith & Parker, 2015, p.107). A disruption to one or more of these facets beyond the client’s self-care abilities results in a self-care deficit. It is this deficit or need that brings the nurse and client together. Orem explained, “Nursing is legitimate or needed when the individual’s self-care capabilities and care demands are equal to, less than or more than at a point in time.” (Smith & Parker, 2015, p.108). Professional Nurse Just as Florence Nightingale said, “Health is not only to be well but to be able to use well every power we have” (As cited in Attewell, 2010, p. 103), I believe the healing process requires a multi-faceted approach. Assessing the patient as a whole allows the nurse to formulize a plan of care that will best accommodate the needs of the patient, which in turn will assist in the healing process. The professional nurse provides

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