Nursing Philosophy : I Transition Into An Advanced Practice Nurse Essay

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Nursing Philosophy
“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 Nurses Association, n.d.). The purpose of this paper is to expand my nursing philosophy as I transition into an Advanced Practice Nurse.
Development of Nursing Philosophy
My nursing philosophy is influenced by ten years as a critical care nurse while caring for patients and their families during vulnerable and difficult points in their lives. In critical care, patients vary on the wellness-illness spectrum. A young trauma victim with no health history, now has a life altering diagnosis of spinal cord injury. A chronically ill patient requires dialysis and limb amputation due to complications from diabetes and hypertension. I try to assess each patient’s situation independently to decide the best approach during my care. Nurses can easily become focused on the mechanics of the Intensive Care Unit and forget a human is connected to the machines and medications.
Personal Nursing Metaparadigm
The client is more than the patient I am caring for on the unit. It extends to the family, caregivers, and friends. When working with complex patients, I remind families they are the “expert” on the patient. They feel valued knowing their information and input is
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