My Philosophy Of The Nursing Profession

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Throughout this year, I have had the chance to expand my knowledge of the nursing profession, as well as develop my own philosophy. In this paper, I will be discussing my personal journey through the year, as well as the thoughts and ideas that I have fostered to be my own philosophy. Each health profession is defined by their scope of practice, which lays out what the professional may accomplish in their practice. The Nursing Act (1991) defines nursing as “the promotion of health and the assessment of, the provision of, care for, and the treatment of, health conditions by supportive, preventive, therapeutic, palliative and rehabilitative means in order to attain or maintain optimal function.” I will be exploring this definition as well…show more content…
Caring is a concept that is fundamentally linked to the profession of nursing; without a caring personality, a client may feel isolated by the individuals trying to help. Care is not a learned trait, I find, or if it is learned, it is very difficult to understand completely. Nursing requires a certain kind of personality and is not an easy profession to just pick up. Throughout the course of the year, I have become very familiar with one topic relevant to all nurses: Stress. How easily I have been burned out this year, just by attempting to keep up with studies alongside extra-curricular activities. To help manage the overwhelming anxiety of exams, due-dates, and lab practicals, I sought out something to reduce my stress levels in the recent midterm exam season. And lo, I found and article in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (Kelly, 2017). The article discusses a Buddhist tradition, mindfulness, to reduce or manage stress levels. By examining one’s own thoughts, actions, and feelings in a quiet and peaceful manner, a student may “respond in a more flexible, rather than reactive way” (Kelly, 2017). I used this method to try to cope with stress, but I was never very good at sitting still and just breathing for extended periods of time. Instead of reflecting in a meditative manner, I decided to incorporate music into the practice. I took up playing guitar and when I sat down to play, I would reflect on the
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