My Philosophy of Nursing
Allan J. Martel
University of Southern Mississippi
School of Nursing
My name is Allan Martel, and I am a proud Nursing student at the University of Southern Mississippi. I am currently 25 years old, and have previously completed my Bachelor of Biological Sciences in the year 2008. Over the past two years I have not only worked various jobs, but started to search for a gratifying and life-fulfilling career. Even at a young age, I have always dreamed of pursuing a career in healthcare. Whether it was becoming a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, I knew that improving the overall health of others was a personal long term goal. Over the next few years, I will be practicing as a nursing student under the supervision of the prestigious nursing faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi. Throughout this journey, I know the education and advice I receive from the teachers and faculty will not only benefit me throughout my nursing career, but bring me one step closer to accomplishing my personal long term goal. The nursing definition that best reflects my idea of nursing is derived from the American Nursing Association’s definition of nursing, which states, “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” (Nursing's Social Policy Statement, Second Edition, 2003, p. 6 & Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2004, p. 7). The creation and development of nursing was inevitable. I believe that nurses are necessary for the overall health of the human race. Without the physical, mental, and emotional care given by nurses, the world would be far more unhealthy, unhappy, and disease ridden. I have chosen nursing as a career because I feel there is nothing more fulfilling than improving...