My Personal Philosophy Of Nursing

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Personal Philosophy of Nursing “Philosophy is the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc.” (Merriam-Webster, Incorporate, 2015). This very broad term can be interpreted differently by anyone, based on their own personal beliefs, upbringing, culture and education and experiences. The nurse’s role has changed dramatically from the days of Florence Nightingale. Nurses have gone from uneducated physicians assistants to being the main contact of care and involved in day to day care of patients. Knowledge and technology have vastly improved the way we offer care and provide medical services. As student nurses, an ideal picture of what nursing means takes shape. We learn our techniques in a ‘perfect world’ …show more content…

But the ANA defines nursing as “Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.” (American Nursing Association, 2015). Since my first nursing class, I learned the premise of nursing being an art and a science, and can appreciate this aspect since it links up with my personal beliefs. DeLaune & Ladner, (2011) describe nursing as “an art and a science by which people are assisted in learning to care for themselves whenever possible and cared for by others when they are unable to meet their own needs.” When most people think about nursing, they think vital signs, record keeping, medications, bed baths, and keeping physicians in line. While all of this is true of a nurse’s job, there is so much more that goes into each of these tasks. Nursing as a science is all of the data based observations. It is making sure that all aspects of every process are taken seriously. It is finding out what is wrong with your patient and what you can do to help them. Nursing as an art is all of the compassion and emotion that comes with the numbers and results. It is learning to put your problems and troubles aside and truly putting your patients’ needs before your own. You want to not only be there

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