My Personal Philosophy Of Nursing

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My Personal Philosophy of Nursing
My inspiration to pursue a career in Nursing began at a young age, after reading the biography of Florence Nightingale. I was in middle school, and intrigued at her courage, and dedication to care for the sick. As I entered college, and into a formal nursing education program, I still viewed nursing as, the care provided to another in need. Without my knowing, I was developing a philosophy of nursing for myself. As the years passed, I began to realize that nursing encompassed much more than caring for the sick. I began to learn that nursing, as discipline, had much more responsibility. According to the International Council of Nurses, “Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles.” This paper will explore my own personal philosophy of nursing, and the shared beliefs, values, and theories that were instrumental in my decision to pursue a career in nursing (www.icn.ch). As stated earlier, the foundation for my philosophy of nursing is caring, and compassion for patients, but also includes honesty, and respect for the beliefs and values of
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