Professional Nursing Theory

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Professional Nursing Reflection Professional Nursing Reflection
Nursing is a practice that has been described as a science an art. It has many definitions and many philosophies that guide its practice. Nursing lacks a singular, definitive theory or philosophy. Individual develop their own philosophies and theories based on their values, beliefs and professional identities. As registered nurses that are seeking to advance our education and become professional nurses, defined as a registered nurse with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), we need to be able to describe our current professional identities. We need to use the critical thinking skills that are so essential to the practice of nursing to analyze how we apply
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In providing care, a nurse exercises sound judgment through deliberative, practiced, and educated recognition of symptoms. These theories, in that they emphasize patient care, nursing judgment, and the process of nursing mirror my own thoughts and values as a nurse. Both theories also place patient care at their center.
The concept of patient centered care has many interpretations in today’s literature. In the simplest terms, it means that the patients are not an interruption to our work they are our work. A key component is seeing and caring for the patient as a person, not a set of symptoms or a disease process. This means having the time to get to know the patient as a person and spending more time at the bedside time. Another component of patient centered care is evidence based practice. The best way to care for our patient is to use those methods that have been proven through the scientific method. This is where experience and knowledge come into play. Experience and knowledge are an ever growing, dynamic component of emergency nursing.
My philosophy compares favorably to current trends in nursing theory. Most Grand Nursing Theories are far from prescriptive in their guidance and nurses today view these theories as doctrinaire and pedantic. They often are difficult to put into practice at the bedside. There has been little change in the Grand Nursing Theories in the last 10 years and recent theoretical work focuses on
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