My Personal Nursing Philosophy
According to the American Nurses Association, nursing is defined as “protection, promotion, 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, 2004, p. 7). However there is much more to nursing, as a whole and throughout this paper I will be discussing my own personal nursing philosophy, which is what I believe to be the core characteristics of nursing. The aspects of my nursing philosophy and value/belief system are as follows: knowledge, time management, compassion/caring, advocacy, respect, honesty and patient privacy. For the above reasons and my own personal value system I chose a career in nursing. Nursing is a career one strategically chooses to help and care for others and many men and women who do choose this career share many common value and belief systems.
Knowledge is the core of success in this career. As a nurse you must know your diseases and disease processes. You must be able to apply classroom knowledge and skills to the work place in order to be effective as a nurse. Just because you can take a nursing exam and be successful does not mean that you will be effective at applying it in the health care setting. Therefore, I believe that application of knowledge is much more important. Personality and bedside manner are also extremely important when caring for patients as well; however it is not the only aspect of nursing that will allow success. As a good nurse you must be able to think holistically, constantly anticipating the needs of your patient. You must be able to prioritize health care issues within your patient’s personal diagnosis and among the number of patients you are responsible for on a given day and be effective at intervening with these patients. Along with this idea of...
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