Nursing As A Work Of Art

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Reflecting over the past thirty plus years of my nursing career, my philosophy of nursing has been more defined from when I started in the undergraduate nursing program. Florence Nightingale once said that “Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter 's or sculptor 's work; for what is that having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God 's spirit?” (Nightingale, 2010). I consider nursing as a work of art. Nightingale’s belief in the nursing profession has been an inspiration to me throughout my career. I interpret her quote as meaning that as nurses, we study the patient and his environment …show more content…
Roy’s theory not only looked at the individual patient, but the family and the patient’s social environment which is a holistic approach to assisting the patient in achieving his/her optimal level of health.
I have come to define health as the ability of the individual to adapt to his/her environment which includes the family, significant others and healthcare providers in assisting the patient to achieve a maximum level of wellness based on recovery from the disease process.
Description of the Environment We live in a society with many different cultures. Having lived in Atlanta and at least two major cities in the mid-west and northeast United States for more than thirty years, I have had the opportunity to interact with people from many different cultures. Regardless of their religious, racial, or ethnic background, I have observed that no matter what makes a person, there is a universal thing that binds all of us and that is the ability to care. Living in this society, one thing we all share in common is the human culture and humans all need assistance at one point or another in their lives.
Description of my Clients I have had the opportunity to provide care to patients who come from many different societal standings. There are two patient care scenarios which have had a great impact on shaping my philosophy of
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