MY NURSING PHILOSOPHY 1
As a young child, I was always fascinated by the instruments thatnurses use to attend to patients and I would ironically look forwardto the next time I would visit the hospital. I grew up holding on tothe dream of passing my exams and get a chance to study in one of themost prestigious nursing colleges. To be a dedicated and effectivepractitioner, a personal philosophy plays an imperative role inshaping the character and creating motivation. In this paper, I willdetail my nursing philosophy by indulging in my understanding of theprofession, clients, environment and health in general. I will alsooutline the nursing theory that corresponds to my ideology.
To me, nursing is more than just providing quality services toclients. My philosophy lies in making people’s lives comfortableand being an instrumental input in achieving their goals. Whenassisting patients, my goal would go beyond relieving their pain anddiscomfort to making them productive again. Several factors influencemy nursing philosophy. Fisrt, I understand the profession as both anart and science. According to Education (2014), a practitioner mustbe well acquainted with the anatomy and physiological functioning ofthe body to make the right diagnoses and prescribe the most effectivedrugs. On the other hand, as an art, nursing contributes to thedevelopment of a society (Hoeve, Jansen & Roodbol, 2014). Theprofessionals, therefore, must be empathetic and focus on thespecific needs of the clients.
Secondly, I perceive nursing to be a vocation more than an ordinaryprofession. The rationale for this is that the practitioners have toendure challenging situations. For instance, they attend to traumaticconditions, work for long hours and sometimes work under pressure.Without an inner motivation, it can be challenging to become aneffective nurse.
In addition, my perception of the nursing profession has beeninvaluable in getting a deeper understanding of various terms thatare imperative in the practice. The definition of a client extendsbeyond the person presenting with the symptoms. When someone fallssick, there are others in his/her circle who experience the resonanceof his suffering or inability to be productive. For instance, when aparent fall sick, the children cannot lead a fulfilling life untilthe problem is resolved. Therefore, being empathetic towards thepatient and understanding his background are primary factors thatshould be considered when deciding on the pattern of care ormanagement of a condition.
The client also lives in a given environment. In addition to thegeneral definition of the factors surrounding an individual, Iperceive it to involve a patient’s mental awareness, emotions andthe way they perceive they situation. Also, the supportive aspects inthe society including the physical structures, access to healthcare,mobility and the people around them are part of the environment.Furthermore, the World Health Organization defines health as thecomplete absence of any kind of physical, mental or social infirmity.I understand it as a process rather than a state. The rationale forthis is that people are in a constant strife to be healthy.
Nursing, therefore, is a practice that enhances peoples’comprehensive wellbeing by understanding their environment with theaim of having a progressive society (Alligood, 2014). I believe thatthe Nightgale’s theory of modern nursing is compatible with myprofessional philosophy. The ideology focuses on the wellbeing of anindividual beyond the hospital setting. Nightgale focused onpromoting the independence of patients after they were out of care(Alligood, 2014). The theory became a baseline to distinguish nursingfrom medicine.
There are two major reasons that trigger me to presume that thetheory is compatible with my nursing objectives. Fisrt, theenvironment that patients live in is a major determinant in theirrecuperating capacities. As the theory suggest, there is need tostrengthen the clients’ independence. I look forward to be anempathetic practitioner and be in a position to tailor the managementpatterns to suit their needs. For instance, in cases of lifestylediseases such as diabetes, the supportive services can be modified tosuit the patients’ financial needs and the available familysupport. Secondly, I uphold the role of the family members andrelatives in the overall wellbeing and recovery of a patient. Theyare source of emotional and material assistance and they increase theindependence of the clients.
According to Alligood (2014), Nightgale’s theory concentrated thespecificity of each case and this was helpful in getting the correctbackground picture of a patient. My definition of the patient thatextends to those directly affected by the various conditions willrequire focusing on each patient independently to understand thefactors in their environment that can be critical in recovery andimproved autonomy.
Summarily, the nursing profession contributes immensely towards aprogressive economy. The practitioners address various conditionsthat hamper productivity. I understand nursing as a science and anart. In addition to having the anatomical and physiological knowledgethat is vital in understanding diseases, nurses need to be empathetictowards their patients. The Nightgale’s theory of modern nursingfits my nursing philosophy since it seeks to strengthen the patients’independence after getting back to their homes. As a nurse, I willincline to the ideology to make my services effective.
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