Essay about Nursing: A Profession of Art and Science

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Nursing is a dynamic profession built upon a foundation of art and science. It has adapted to rapidly changing technology, rising patient acuity, and weathered the challenge of nursing shortages with an unwavering commitment to professionalism. In this paper I will discuss my beliefs and values, my vision for the future, and my strengths and limitation in pursuing my career goals. I will also reflect upon the influences that contributed to choosing nursing as a profession. Choice of Nursing In truth, a wide range of career possibilities did not exist in Southern Indiana where I grew up. You could work at the recently opened Toyota factory, or you could work in a hospital. Neither of those was an option for me because I did not…show more content…
By the 1940’s many more tasks and procedures were being performed by nurses as a result of the introduction of new innovations in health care. Nursing functions then included blood pressure measurement, suctioning in a variety of conditions, transfusion assistance, oxygen administration, medication injection, and other more sophisticated techniques (Dennison 1942). With the advent of new drugs, new techniques, and new technologies, the patient care of today is significantly different from that of Florence Nightingale’s time. As nursing stands poised between the past and the future, we must not forget that the central goal of all nursing practice is to improve the quality of life and relieve suffering (Chitty, 2001). The core of nursing emphasizes the facilitation of healing, prevention of complications, and the promotion of health, but it should also address psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient. As nurses, we should incorporate a whole-person approach into our daily practice. Whole-person perspective focuses on improving a person's psychological and spiritual health, in addition to their physical health. In other words, it views an individual as a whole entity whose body and mind are interconnected. In Watson’s theory, she addresses the mind, body, and spirit of the person, while emphasizing the nurse’s moral

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