PersonalPhilosophy of Nursing
PersonalPhilosophy of Nursing
Everynurse practitioner has a nursing philosophy where some nurses ornursing students are more aware of theirs than others. A personalphilosophy of nursing entails reflection of one`s values, principles,and beliefs and the direct practice of those aspects (Patel, 2014).The purpose of this report is to define and illustrate my principles,beliefs, and thoughts on the identified models of nursingmeta-paradigm. The paper further discusses the four concepts whichinclude the patient, nursing, environment, and health and how theyinterrelate.
Theconcepts of my philosophy of Nursing
Personally,nursing means a lot as it involves giving back to the society and Ihave adopted a personal mission that includes empatheticallydelivering quality wellbeing care in an efficient manner that ensuresthe health safety and recovery of all patients. The key features ofmy philosophy of nursing include being sensitive, emphatic, andholistic in caring for all my patients. Personally, being a nurse isall about ensuring high quality of health care delivery to achieveexcellence in the health results of the patients. To me, the nursingpractice involves trying to comprehend patients regarding theirphysical and emotional levels and also including the scientificknowledge that I possess. Being a professional nurse, I am committedto learning from others and gaining more experience to improve mynursing education (Patel, 2014).
Themeta-paradigms contain four concepts that include health,environment, nursing, and the person. My nursing philosophy isinclusive of the four concepts of meta-paradigms. First, I have thebelief that nursing profession is all about the patients which can beillustrated by care. According to my philosophy, care covers thewhole patient which mean as a nurse I do not focus on a singleillness to be treated in seclusion but concentrates on the entirebody and psychological part of the person. The second category is thepatient where I believe that the central concern of the nursingprofession is the person seeking health care, but one should alsofocus on the environment in which the patient lives. What surroundsthe patient also matters since every person is a member of a largersociety that is characterized by various features that influence thewell-being of the patient (Rooddehghan, Nayeri, & Okhovat, 2016).
Theother concept is health which is an active state that involves anindividual shifting from wellness to illness state in response tocertain environmental factors. Health is concerned more with thequality of a person`s life. In the medical facility where I work, Ioften come across individuals who have experienced different healthconditions ranging from acute to chronic diseases. Lastly, I believethat nursing entails engaging with patients from the community.Personally, as a nurse, I come across different situations thatdemand my personal and informed ability to decide on the next stepwhen approached by a sick person (Rooddehghan, Nayeri, & Okhovat,2016). Some of the conclusions I have to make include attachingsignificance from what I observe, smell, or hear from the patient. Nursing requires one to be engaged in relationships which enable thenurse to provide quality to the patients.
Thereare several nursing theories, but not all are compatible with mypersonal nursing philosophy. One of the nursing theories whose ideasmatch with mine is the concept developed by Nightingale that consistsof all the four concepts of meta-paradigms (Masters, 2014). Just as Ihave illustrated above, Nightingale also explains the relationshipbetween person, environment, health, and nursing. The health of thepatients is influenced by the environmental factors that theindividual is exposed to while it`s our role as nurses to take careof sick people. The four concepts interrelate in all ways.Additionally, the interpersonal relations model developed byHildegard Peplau also share a similar concept with the Peplau’smodel the only difference is that the theory does not define theenvironmental factors (Smith & Parker, 2015). My ideas arecompatible with the Peplau`s and Nightingale theories in severalways. For instance, I believe in taking good care of all my patientsthrough ensuring they are living in safe environments. Also, Ibelieve that nursing should focus more on determining factors thatmay cause health problems and that are linked to the environment.
Insummary, as the nursing profession becomes more recognized in thesociety, we should focus more on developing a nursing philosophy thatlinks the four concepts of meta-paradigms. The aim of this report wasto illustrate all the components of my personal philosophy ofnursing. Additionally, the paper covers on my beliefs and valuesregarding nursing both as a career and a personal goal. Personally, Ibelieve in the idea that nursing covers four critical areas thatinclude the society, people, nursing, and health. The four conceptshave to interrelate to achieve quality nursing services. The fourfactors have been helpful in guiding me on the best way to contributeto the improvement of the field of nursing.
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