Nursing Philosophy

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Nursing is a career of compassion, caring, self-discipline, hard work, responsibility, intelligence, and honesty. I could go on and on with the characteristics that describe nursing. I believe in Christian values and attach them to nursing. I think of the words of Jesus and the Bible when taking care of patients; “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them” (Luke 6:31). The Bible is a great source of strength and rules to live by for me. Because of this, I chose Watson’s Theory of Transpersonal Caring. Jean Watson’s work involved the nurse-patient relationship as a participation together to improve one’s health. She believed in health as a union of the mind, body, and soul. An individual without the harmony of all three would be at risk for illness. I feel this is very true and is a part of my philosophy of nursing. The mind or psychological state of a person is of fundamental importance. A person has to want to be healthy in order to be healthy. If you don’t care about your health, you will abuse your body, hence without a healthy mind, you will not have a healthy body. The soul has to be healthy, or you will not be harmonious psychologically. I feel the soul reflects your personality and life view. If that view changes, such as when one loses faith, it will affect one’s mind. A Christian who loses faith will most likely become mentally ill during that period because his life view changed. He/she may feel angry or fooled and that life no longer has meaning. Now that the soul disharmonized the mind, the mind will then likely disharmonize the body. My theory is parallel to Watson’s view of the three elements of unity: mind, body, and soul. Watson created ten carative factors, which differentiates from curative. This is a contrast to distinguish nursing from medicine (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 309). The ten carative factors describe what is necessary to promote health and harmony in the mind, body, and soul. When we think of nursing, the first...
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