Nursing : A Profession Of Caring

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Nursing: A Profession of Caring Going through the annals of nursing, one can unmistakably find “caring as a central concept” (Blais & Hayes, 2011, p. 107) to the profession. And if one would think of nursing as a living thing, caring would be the spirit that breathes life into it. My personal philosophy of nursing as a caring profession is constructed around the four metaparadigm concepts of nursing: (1) person or client, (2) environment, (3) health, and (4) nursing. The purpose of this paper for the most part is to discuss Jean Watson’s Human Caring Theory in relation to my personal philosophy of nursing as a profession of caring. Foundational Concepts Watson has espoused caring as “core or essence of nursing” (Clarke, McFarland, Andrews & Leininger, 2009, p. 233). And to further support Watson’s theory on caring, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 1998) “defined caring as a concept central to the practice of professional nursing and identifies it as a core value encompassing altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice” (Blais & Hayes, 2011, p. 107). Overall, my personal philosophy of nursing discusses the four metaparadigm concepts of nursing in aligned with Watson 's caring theory. The Person or Client Nursing as a profession of caring looks upon the person or client as the recipient or subject in the transactional process of caring towards wholeness and well-being (Blais & Hayes, 2011). If I have to employ the cosmic
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